Lawyer accused of bribing witnesses in ICC case turns self in | Kenya

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Lawyer accused of bribing witnesses in ICC case turns self in | Kenya

Paul Gicheru was accused of bribing witnesses in a trial against Kenyan Vice President William Ruto.

A lawyer reported to the Dutch authorities on Monday to bring charges before the International Criminal Court of bribing witnesses in a trial of Kenyan Vice-President William Ruto that collapsed four years ago.

Kenyan attorney Paul Gicheru was wanted on an ICC arrest warrant from 2015 accusing him of bribing six prosecutor’s witnesses to retract testimony on the case.

Ruto and his co-defendant, broadcaster Joshua Sang, were accused of inciting violence after a controversial election in 2007 that killed 1,200 people.

The judges ruled in 2016 that they did not have a case to answer despite leaving the door open to possible new charges in the future, finding that the case had been hampered by political interference and threats against witnesses.

A spokesman for Ruto would not comment on Gicheru’s case except to emphasize that Gicheru had never appeared as Ruto’s lawyer.

Reuters was unable to reach a Gicheru representative immediately.

In a statement, the ICC said it had asked the Dutch to turn Gicheru over to court once the arrest procedures were complete.

A similar case alleging a role in the 2007 election violence against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta collapsed in 2015.