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Panic in Ruto’s camp as Lawyer Gicheru appears before ICC Pre-Trial Judge Sophie Alaphini-Gansou

There is panic among insiders of William Ruto, owing to the fact that they do not know how lawyer Paul Gicheru’s case will turn out. Gicheru on Friday evening appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, after surrendering to the court on Monday.

Gicheru, who is representing himself appeared before Pre-Trial Chamber Judge Reine Adelaide Sophie Alaphini-Gansou. The lawyer is suspected of corruptly influencing witnesses in Kenya in 2013 and committing offenses in a case against William Ruto.

Here are the charges read to the lawyer on Friday evening:

Count One– “Corruptly influencing a witness by offering to pay Sh5m to a witness to withdraw his statement, offence committed at Eldoret, Kenya.”

Count Two– “Corruptly influencing a witness by offering a Sh500,000 bribe in order to influence the witness to withdraw as a prosecution witness- offence committed in Eldoret, Kenya between April and May 2013.”

Count Three– “Corruptly influencing a witness by offering a bribe in order to influence a witness to withdraw as a prosecution witness- offence committed between April and May 2013.”

Count Four– “Corruptly influencing a witness by offering a bribery payment of between Sh1m to Sh2m in order to influence the witness to withdraw as a prosecution witness- offence committed at Eldoret, Kenya in July 2013.”

Count Five– “Corruptly influencing a witness- that Mr Giheru is responsible as a direct perpetrator by offering a bribery of Sh2.5 million in exchange of the witnesses’ withdrawal in September 2013.”

Count Six – “That Mr Gicheru being a direct perpetrator for solicitation/inducement of bribing a witness with payment of at least Sh1 million- offence committed from May-August 2013.”

The lawyer who surrendered to the Hague early this week said there were no threats or coercion.

“It was a voluntary surrender, there was no threat nor coercion,” Gicheru said.

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