In a statement to newsrooms on Wednesday, September 28, Raila expressed concerns about the rising cases of mysterious and unsolved murders in the country.
While sensing mischief in the death of the lawyer who was facing witness tempering charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the ODM Party leader says using international bodies - Interpol in particular - will come a long way in avoiding possible cover up.
"We received with shock and dismay the news of the sudden demise of lawyer Paul Gicheru who was awaiting judgement from the [ICC] for witness interference in the Kenyan cases arising out of the 2007-08 post election violence," decried Raila.
Raila adds: "I take this opportunity to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr Gicheru. I call for a thorough and credible investigation to uncover the circumstances of Mr. Gicheru's death and his son's illness. Mr. Gicheru's death comes in the wake of others who have been associated with the ICC cases, especially high profile witnesses."
ICC claims that there existed, from at least April 2013, a criminal scheme specifically designed to approach and corruptly influence witnesses of the Prosecutor through bribery and other incentives in exchange for either their withdrawal or recantation of their prior statements to the Prosecutor.
The court says Gicheru was the manager and coordinator of the said scheme who “finalised agreements with corrupted witnesses, organised the formalisation of their withdrawal and handled the payment.”
Another Kenyan, Philip Kipkoech Bett who is still at large is suspected to have been the person who contacted witnesses and making initial proposals before bringing them to the managers, particularly Paul Gicheru.
According to the charges, ICC claims that witness P-397, for example, was promised KSh5 million in exchange of withdrawal as a witness of the Prosecutor.
“There is also information that those witnesses who were successfully corrupted were enticed to make contact with other witnesses, for the purpose of their corruption,” asserts ICC.
The 2007/08 violence saw at least 1,300 Kenyans losing their lives, hundreds injured and more than 600,000 displaced.
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