A lawyer on Monday, November 2, surrendered himself before the Hague-based ICC to face charges related to interference with the witnesses in DP Ruto’s case in the international court.
Mr. Paul Gacheru is said to have paid witnesses in the particular case to change their initial stance to facilitate DP Ruto’s absolution as regards the case.
The ICC issued a warrant of arrest on the lawyer in 2015 only to present himself five years later. The lawyer will be charged as soon as the relevant procedures of the arrest have been completed.
DP Ruto was among the infamous Ocampo six who were believed to be responsible for the atrocities that succeeded the 2007 disputed vote which led to skirmishes that saw more than 1000 dead with many others being displaced.
Also on the list were President Uhuru Kenyatta, former broadcaster Joshua Sang’, former Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Muthaura, former police commissioner Mohamed Hussein and former Tinderet MP Henry Kosgei.
They all got vindicated out of their cases and the charges on them annulled on account of sabotage from the Kenyan government and constant threats to the witnesses.
The voiding of the cases however was not to bar any subsequent application(s) by anyone to the court to have the charges relooked afresh.
DP Ruto’s office has not responded in the matter but insinuated the lawyer in question had never appeared for Ruto when his trials commenced, and to the end four years ago.
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