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Lawyer Paul Gicheru to make final submissions at ICC next week

Paul Gicheru, the Kenyan lawyer facing charges of interference with witnesses at the International Criminal Court, will make his final submissions to the court on Monday next week.

The Hague-based Court released a schedule Wednesday indicating that the ICC Prosecutor and Gicheru will deliver their closing statements in the case on 27 June 2022 at 9:30 (The Hague time) in The Netherlands.

“Statements will be made by the Office of the Prosecutor followed by the Defence for Mr Gicheru, before Judge Miatta Maria Samba of ICC Trial Chamber III.” ICC said in a statement.

The court also indicated that each party will be accorded one hour for their statement. As per the ICC, Gicheru will attend the hearing via video technology.

Gicheru’s trial opened on 15 February 2022 before Trial Chamber III. He pleaded not guilty to the all charges.

So far, Eight (8) witnesses have testified for the prosecution, with the last one expected to take to the stand to testify against Gicheru on Friday this week.

The Kenyan lawyer is accused of offenses against the administration of justice consisting in corruptly influencing witnesses regarding cases from the situation in Kenya.

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.

In March 2015, a warrant of arrest was issued against Paul Gicheru and another Kenyan Philip Kipkoech Bett for allegedly corrupting witnesses. Gicheru will on 2 November 2020, surrender to the authorities of The Netherlands before he was surrendered to the ICC custody the next day.

For further information on Paul Gicheru’s case click here.

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