Press Release: 14 October 2022

ICC terminates proceedings against Paul Gicheru

PHOTO : Paul Gicheru lors de l'ouverture de son procès à la CPI le 15 février 2022 ©ICC-CPI
Paul Gicheru at the opening of his trial at the ICC on 15 February 2022 ©ICC-CPI

Today, 14 October 2022, Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC) terminated proceedings against former Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru following the confirmation of his passing. According to the ICC legal framework, the Court’s jurisdiction cannot be exercised over a deceased person. 

On 13 October 2022, the ICC Registry filed an official communication from the Republic of Kenya in which it confirms the death of the accused. The Chamber considers this sufficient proof to establish the death of the accused.

Decision terminating the proceedings against Mr Paul Gicheru

Background: Mr Gicheru was accused of offences against the administration of justice consisting in corruptly influencing witnesses regarding cases from the situation in Kenya.  His trial opened on 15 February 2022 and the accused pleaded not-guilty to the all charges. 8 witnesses testified for the prosecution and the Office of the Prosecutor completed its presentation of evidence on 29 March 2022. The Defence announced on 25 April 2022 that it would not call any witnesses. The closing statements took place on 27 June 2022 and Trial Chamber III was currently deliberating on its decision on conviction or acquittal.

Mr Gicheru was released in Kenya with specific conditions restricting liberty since 1 February 2021.

More information on the case

For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected].

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