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ICC sets down closing statements in Kenyan lawyer trial for June

Paul Gicheru at the opening of his trial at the ICC on 15 February 2022 ©ICC-CPI

THE closing statements in the case The Prosecutor v. Paul Gicheru are scheduled to take place on 27 June 2022 at the seat of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. Statements will be made by the Office of the Prosecutor and the Defence for Gicheru, before Judge Miatta Maria Samba of ICC Trial Chamber III.

On 2 November 2020 Gicheru surrendered to the authorities of The Netherlands pursuant to an International Criminal Court arrest warrant issued under seal on 10 March 2015 and unsealed on 10 September 2015.

On 3 November 2020 Gicheru was surrendered to the ICC custody after the completion of the necessary national proceedings. His first appearance before the Court took place on 6 November 2020.

On 1 February 2021, he was released to Kenya with specific conditions restricting liberty. On 15 July 2021, ICC Pre-Trial Chamber A confirmed the charges of offences against the administration of justice brought by the Prosecutor against Gicheru and committed him to trial.

The trial opened on 15 February 2022. The Office of the Prosecutor completed its presentation of evidence on 29 March 2022. The Defence announced on 25 April 2022 that it will not present any evidence.

The warrant of arrest was issued under seal against Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett on 10 March 2015 and unsealed on 10 September 2015 for offences against the administration of justice consisting in corruptly influencing witnesses regarding cases from the situation in Kenya.

On 2 November 2020, Gicheru surrendered to the authorities of The Netherlands pursuant to this arrest warrant for offences against the administration of justice consisting in corruptly influencing witnesses of the Court.

In its decision, the Chamber found that there are substantial grounds to believe that Gicheru committed, as a co-perpetrator, or under alternative modes of liability, offences against the administration of justice (article 70(1)(c) of the Rome Statute) between April 2013 and the closure of the Ruto and Sang case on 10 September 2015, in Kenya.

The offences were allegedly committed in the furtherance of a common plan implemented by a group of persons including Mr Gicheru, with the ultimate goal of undermining the Prosecution’s case in the Ruto and Sang case.

The decision on the confirmation of the charges only serves to determine whether the Prosecutor’s case should proceed to trial. It does not establish the guilt of the accused person, who is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt by a Trial Chamber of the Court.

On 15 February 2022, the trial opened before Trial Chamber III. The trial started with the reading of the charges against Gicheru. The Chamber was satisfied that the accused understood the nature of the charges. The accused plead not-guilty to the all charges. The prosecution then presented its opening statements and called its first witness. 8 witnesses have testified for the prosecution, the last one finished testifying on 24 March 2022. – www. icc-cpi.int

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