Renowned city lawyer Paul Gicheru who was accused of recanting President William Ruto‘s case at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands is dead.
The 52-year-old was found dead in his Karen house at around 7:00 pm several hours after taking lunch.
According to a police report filed at Karen Police Station on Monday, September 26, Gicheru was discovered leaking froth from his mouth.
While the cause of his death was not immediately established, there were suspicions that Gicheru might have been poisoned.
“He (Paul Gicheru) ate lunch and felt unwell and went to bed but did not wake up,” a police report read in part.
His son who had lunch with the deceased is also and said to be a victim of the incident has been admitted at a Nairobi hospital.
Gicheru a suspect at the ICC had been charged with eight counts of offenses against the administration of justice.
He allegedly bribed witnesses to either recant their testimonies or refuse to testify in the crimes against the collapsed humanity case that faced President William Ruto and former journalist Joshua Sang.
For instance, in 2020, a witness in the case against lawyer Paul Gicheru at Hague said he had been paid KSh 2 million by lawyer Paul Gicheru not to be a witness in the then Deputy President William Ruto’s case.
In 2022, a second witness recounted how he was bribed by lawyer Gicheru not to testify in President William Ruto’s case.
The witness who is identified as P0341 testified in camera, told the court that Gicheru gave him KSh 500,000 during their first meeting and told him to sign a contract indicating his withdrawal as a witness in the ICC.
Ruto and Sang were both charged with fomenting ethnic violence after a disputed 2007 election in which 1,200 people died.