THE HAGUE, 6 November 2020 – Kenyan lawyer, Paul Gicheru, appeared before the International Criminal Court at The Hague Friday to answer charges of witness tampering in investigations into the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007.

Barrister Gicheru appeared via video from the detention facilities of the ICC at The Hague.

Physical appearances before the court have been suspended to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

The ICC issued a warrant for his arrest five years ago.

He is accused of running a scheme that consisted allegedly in bribing witnesses to withdraw their testimonies, helping to prevent the case from going forward.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy President William Ruto were among six people indicted by the ICC for their alleged role in the violence.

The ICC Prosecutor eventually abandoned the case, blaming witness interference.

More than 1,000 people were killed and hundreds raped and sexually abused during the post-election violence in 2007.

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