Lawyer Paul Gicheru’s case at the International Criminal Court (ICC) will have its final submissions done this Monday. Hivi Punde can authoritatively reveal.
Last week on Wednesday, the Hague-based Court released a schedule indicating the ICC Prosecutor and Paul Gicheru will deliver their closing statements in the case on 27 June 2022 at 9:30 (The Hague time) in The Netherlands.
However, the case’s outcome and Monday’s final submissions have intense ramifications on Kenya’s political scene considering the country’s Deputy President and the current UDA leader running for President, Wiliam Ruto has been adversely mentioned during the hearings, with some witnesses fingering him over tampering with their evidence and others, intimidation.
According to documents from the court, at least 12 Prosecution witnesses are lined up and are expected to testify against Lawyer Paul Gicheru in the case.
Six Kenyans will testify how they were corruptly influenced by the lawyer to recant their testimony against Deputy President William Ruto and Journalist Arap Sang.
The six are P-0800, P-0536,P-0613,P-0341, P-0274 and P-0516.
Also, there is a possibility of three more witnesses currently being investigated and are believed to have been among those influenced to recant their evidence. An analyst who will give context to the court plus two to three expert witnesses will bring the total number of prosecution witnesses to approximately 16.
The Prosecutor’s office, represented by James Stewart and Anton Steynberg says it requires 57 hours to present its evidence. This includes a direct examination of the witnesses it intends to call.