Gicheru case: Trial to open on 15 February 2022 – Practical Information
The trial in the case The Prosecutor v. Paul Gicheru is scheduled to open on 15 February 2022 at 9:30 (The Hague local time) before Trial Chamber III, composed of Judge Miatta Maria Samba. Mr Gicheru is accused of offences against the administration of justice consisting in corruptly influencing witnesses regarding cases from the situation in Kenya.
The hearings for the opening statements of the Prosecution are scheduled on 15 February 2022. The Defence has decided not to present any statements at this point of the proceedings. Mr Gicheru is expected to attend the opening of his trial.
The first prosecution witness will also be heard on the same day. Due to the current situation linked to Covid-19, some of the hearings participants will take part via video-link.
Background: On 2 November 2020, Paul Gicheru surrendered to the authorities of The Netherlands pursuant to an ICC arrest warrant
issued under seal on 10 March 2015 and unsealed on 10 September 2015. On 3 November 2020, Paul Gicheru was surrendered to the ICC custody after the completion of the necessary national proceedings. His first appearance before the Court took place on 6 November 2020. On 1 February 2021, he was released to Kenya with specific conditions restricting liberty. On 15 July 2021, ICC Pre-Trial Chamber A confirmed the charges of offences against the administration of justice brought by the Prosecutor against Paul Gicheru and committed him to trial.
For further information on this case, check here
- Public Redacted Version of Decision on the confirmation of charges against Paul Gicheru
- Warrant of arrest
- Questions and Answers on the trial
- Case information sheet: English, French
Webstreaming of the hearing:
The hearing can be followed with 30-minute delay on the ICC website in English and French, in English on the ICC YouTube Channel, and in English and French on the ICC Facebook accounts.
Attending the hearing:
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the Court's premises is restricted to protect the safety and well-being of users. A limited number of public and media representatives will be granted access to the hearing at the seat of the Court, following measures against coronavirus including wearing a mask and keeping a distance of 1.5 metres.
Members of the diplomatic corps, NGOs and other members of the public can request attendance via email to: [email protected] before 14 February 2022 at 12:00 (noon). Attendees must present a valid passport or valid ID with a photo at the main entrance of the Court (at: Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK The Hague).
Journalists wishing to cover the hearing can request accreditation via email to: [email protected] before 14 February 2022 at 12:00 (noon). All journalists must present a valid press card, and a valid passport or valid ID with a photo, at the main entrance of the Court (at: Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK The Hague).
Individuals who have not received a confirmation in advance of the hearing will not be granted access to the building. Those attending are advised to arrive 20 minutes in advance before the hearing starts.
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