Press Release: 3 November 2020

Situation in Kenya: Paul Gicheru arrives at ICC Detention Centre


Today, 3 November 2020, Paul Gicheru was surrendered to the custody of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "the Court") by the Dutch authorities and arrived at the Court's detention centre in The Netherlands.  Mr Gicheru, a lawyer formerly based in Kenya, is suspected of offences against the administration of justice consisting in corruptly influencing witnesses of the Court.

Mr Gicheru surrendered to the authorities of The Netherlands on 2 November 2020, pursuant to an ICC arrest warrant issued in 2015. He was transferred today to the ICC custody after the completion of the necessary national arrest proceedings.  

Next steps:  The suspect's first appearance before the Court is expected to take place shortly after his arrival. During the first appearance, the Pre-Trial Chamber confirms the identity of the suspect, ensures that the suspect understands the charges, confirms that language in which the proceedings should be conducted, and sets a date to begin the confirmation of charges hearing.

Background: The arrest warrant against Mr Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett was issued under seal on 10 March 2015 and unsealed on 10 September 2015. Philip Kipkoech Bett is not in ICC custody.

More information on this case

Factsheet on the ICC detention Centre

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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