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Kenya President Ruto Linked Lawyer Dies

Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru appears before a pre-trial chamber, via video from the ICC detention center, before facing charges against him.

Paul Gicheru, a Kenyan lawyer with previous links to the recently elected President William Ruto for a case at the International Criminal Court, Monday was pronounced dead, and authorities are calling for an investigation.

Kenyan police authorities Tuesday reported the death of prominent lawyer Paul Gicheru, who has previous links with the recently elected President William Ruto, and add, the cause of death is currently unknown.

“The body was found lying on the back, clean, casually dressed and no saliva or blood on any body opening, “read the police report, and added, “The deceased is a known diabetic and high blood pressure patient.”

Authorities under the Kenya Human Rights Commission expressed concern over Gicheru’s untimely death and called for a “swift and conclusive investigation.”

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Upon death, Gicheru was facing charges at the International Criminal Court for allegedly bribing and threatening prosecution witnesses in a past case which has links to the recently elected President William Ruto, however early this year, the lawyer pled not guilty and charges against Ruto and others linked to the case were dropped.

ICC spokesman Fadi El Abdallah said he could not comment on Gicheru's case but only on the procedure to be followed.

“If there is information about the death of an accused, a confirmation of this information should be submitted to the (trial) chamber and then the chamber issues a decision ending the case.”

Judges are currently considering their verdicts in the case. No date had been set for a hearing to deliver the judgment.