Paul Gicheru, a Kenyan lawyer on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC), was Tuesday found dead at his home in a suburb of Nairobi, his family and police said. The ICC charged Gicheru with witness tampering in a case linked to newly-elected Kenyan President William Ruto.
Gicheru was charged with offences against the administration of justice; he allegedly bribed and intimidated witnesses to either recant their testimonies or refuse to testify in a crimes against humanity case against Ruto. Gicheru pleaded not guilty and was released on strict conditions after the hearing. Trial Chamber III of the ICC did not yet pronounce its decision on his conviction or acquittal.
The Kenyan government has stepped in to investigate the cause of Gicheru’s death.