Today, 3 November 2020, Paul Gicheru was surrendered to the custody of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) by the Dutch authorities and arrived at the Court’s detention centre in The Netherlands. Mr Gicheru, a lawyer formerly based in Kenya, is suspected of offences against the administration of justice consisting in corruptly influencing witnesses of the Court.
Mr Gicheru surrendered to the authorities of The Netherlands on 2 November 2020, pursuant an ICC arrest warrant issued in 2015. He was transferred today to the ICC custody after the completion of the necessary national arrest proceedings.
Next steps: The suspect’s first appearance before the Court is expected to take place shortly after his arrival. During the first appearance, the Pre-Trial Chamber confirms the identity of the suspect, ensures that the suspect understands the charges, confirms that language in which the proceedings should be conducted, and sets a date to begin the confirmation of charges hearing