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Kenyan lawyer in ICC case linked to new president discovered lifeless

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NAIROBI, Kenya — Police say a Kenyan lawyer dealing with prices on the Worldwide Felony Court docket of bribing and threatening prosecution witnesses in a previous ICC case in opposition to Kenya’s just lately elected president has been discovered lifeless.

Paul Gicheru had pleaded not responsible earlier this yr to all eight counts of interfering with witnesses within the case in opposition to William Ruto, who had been charged with involvement in violence after Kenya’s 2007 election that left greater than 1,000 folks lifeless. The costs in opposition to Ruto and others, together with earlier President Uhuru Kenyatta, have been in the end dropped when the case fell aside amid allegations of witness interference. Ruto denied the allegations in opposition to him.

A police report seen by The Related Press says the household of the 50-year-old Gicheru discovered him unconscious at his residence Monday evening. “The physique was discovered mendacity on the again, clear, casually dressed and no saliva or blood on any physique opening,” the report says, noting that “the deceased is a identified diabetic and hypertension affected person.”

It was not instantly clear how Gicheru died. The Kenya Human Rights Fee mentioned it was “involved with the surprising information of the premature dying” and urged a swift and conclusive investigation.

Ruto was chairing his first Cupboard assembly on Tuesday after being sworn in on Sept. 13.

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