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Raila Speaks On Gicheru's Death, Asks International Investigative Agencies To Take Charge of The Case

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has broken silence over the death of lawyer Paul Gicheru who was under trial at the International Criminal Court, ICC.

In a statement on Wednesday evening, the ODM leader expressed his concern over what he said were cases of unexplained deaths in the country. He said it was disturbing that such deaths often occur in heinous ways.

The Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition presidential candidate in the August elections asked that international investigative agencies take over the case so that those involved cannot do a cover-up. He urged that the investigation should be carried out thoroughly.

He noted that Kenya is supposed to be bound by the ICC treaty and such things may be in contravention of the agreement. He, therefore, asked the international body do it's part in the case.

"This pattern of mysterious and unexplained deaths, some of them gruesome and macabre is extremely disturbing. To avoid a cover-up in Kenya, we call upon international investigative agencies, including Interpol to lead the investigation. This is particularly so because the case has international implications as Mr Gicheru was in the custody of the ICC at the time of his death," he said.

Raila expressed sorrow for the family of the deceased and gave his condolences. Mr Gicheru was found dead on Monday evening after having lunch at his house. His son is currently admitted to hospital after he collapsed around the same time his father died.

Gicheru was awaiting the judgment of the case against him where he was accused of bribing and threatening witnesses.

The lawyer is just one of many personalities who have died under mysterious circumstances because of their involvement with ICC.

See the full statement below courtesy of Raila Odinga Presidential Campaign Secretariat Professor Makau Mutua on Twitter.

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