Tension and panic has struck Deputy Presiudent William Ruto’s camp following the the surprise move pulled by Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru who surrendered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) yesterday.
A warrant of arrest had been issued for Gicheru who is an advocate and the chairman of the Export Processing Zone Authority in 2015 for allegedly interfering with witnesses in the the 2007/2008 post election violence case at the ICC.
Sources close to DP Ruto political camp have revealed that tension and anxiety is building up within the Tanga tanga wing of the Jubilee party led by Deputy President William Ruto.
This comes barely a day after the ICC announced through a press release that lawyer Gicheru had surrendered to Dutch authorities in the Netherlands, a move that is causing sleepless nights in the DP Ruto camp.
“Today, 2 November 2020, Mr Paul Gicheru surrendered to the authorities of The Netherlands pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court,” the ICC announced in a press release.
International Criminal Court (ICC) through its spokesman Fadi El Abdallah had disclosed that the court had submitted a cooperation request to the Dutch authorities for the arrest and surrender of Mr. Gicheru.
“The court, through the Registry services, submitted a cooperation request to the Dutch authorities for the arrest and surrender of Mr. Gicheru to the court upon completion of the necessary national arrest proceedings.” ICC Spokesman Fadi El Abdallah said.
However, Gicheru’s move to surrender to the ICC had caught many with surprises, especially his fellow lawyers who helped him to secure the High Court victory and the political class.
“I have just learnt about it today. Of course my services came to an end after the judgment. But the decision was never appealed,” lawyer John Khaminwa stated.
Gicheru’s decision had also caused anxiety in Ruto’s political camp after Ruto had publicly alleged that there is a scheme by the Government to scuttle his presidential bid by reviving his ICC case ahead of the 2022 polls.
“Some characters have sent people to Kenya to revive the ICC case. But I want to categorically tell them they will not succeed. In fact, it will be a big surprise to them,” Ruto alleged.
Ruto’s case was terminated at the ICC with a condition of future arrest if the evidence to support his case is found.
“The chamber declined to acquit the accused due to the special circumstances of this case… The Chamber made it clear that their decision is without prejudice to the presumption of innocence or the prosecution bringing the case on the basis of the same charges in the future, or in a different form, in light of new evidence,” Bensouda said.
Sources have also revealed that DP Ruto had contacted his legal team that was led by British lawyer Karim Khan to assess the legal implication of the new development at the ICC.