- Lawyer Paul Gicheru presented himself to ICC in November 2020 following a warrant of arrest issued against him for allegedly interfering with witnesses
- Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi now alleges the suspect had a mission to revive William Ruto's case at the ICC, which had been terminated in 2016 due to lack of substantial evidence
- The DP who had expressed interest in the 2022 presidency, has in the past alleged some powerful people were looking for new witnesses to revive the case
- The ICC, however, denied the claims and stated it was not after the second in command
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Controversial political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi has claimed lawyer Paul Gicheru surrendered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to fix Deputy President William Ruto.
Gicheru presented himself to the Hague-based court in November 2020 following a warrant of arrest issued against him by the international court in 2015 for allegedly interfering with witnesses.
Ngunyi now alleges the suspect had a mission to revive Ruto's ICC case, which had been terminated in 2016 due to lack of substantial evidence.
"Last year, an alleged associate of Ruto surrendered to ICC. His claim: he had tampered with witnesses in the Ruto case. Pierre Bemba did the same in DRC. After his case was dismissed, it was revived. Gicheru went to The Hague to fix Ruto. Hague express is loading," Ngunyi tweeted.
The ICC had ordered for the arrest of the lawyer alongside one Philip Kipkoech, who was also suspected of tampering with witnesses.
“The court, through the registry services, submitted a cooperation request to the Dutch authorities for the arrest and surrender of Mr Gicheru to the Court upon completion of the necessary national arrest proceedings,” the court said in a statement.
Gicheru was released conditionally in January 2021 from ICC and allowed to relocate to Kenya pending confirmation of the charges against him later.
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Lawyer Steve Ogolla had told TUKO.co.ke the development portends doom for the Kenyan DP, adding there were high chances the ICC would reopen the case depending on certain factors.
"It means that DP Ruto could be re-arrested and charged afresh but this depends on availability of evidence. The witnesses who recanted their evidence could opt to testify afresh and this could make things worse for DP Ruto," he explained.
Ruto, charged alongside radio journalist Joshua araap Sang, was accused of murder, forcible transfer of population and persecution during the 2007/2008 post-election violence that rocked Kenya.
However, the case was dropped after the international court ruled it would not proceed to full trial due to insufficient evidence, thus letting the DP and Sang off the hook.Jacque Maribe, Jowie's Murder Trial Set for Hearing in Open Court from May 5, 2021
Ruto, who had expressed interest in the 2022 presidency, had in the past alleged some powerful people were already looking for new witnesses to revive his ICC case.
The ICC, however, denied the claims and stated it was not after the second in command.