Lawyer Paul Gicheru has dismissed claims that he surrendered to the International Criminal Court in a bid to fix Deputy President William Ruto.

In an interview with a local daily, Gicheru said he surrendered to the ICC to clear his name and honour a warrant of arrest that had been issued against him.

“Owing to the nature of the matter, I was entirely a voluntary and personal decision in strict and exclusive consultation with my family without the participation of any third party. Any speculation on any third party involvement was entirely wrong and should be ignored,” Gicheru said as quoted by the Standard.

“I did not go to ICC to fix anyone. It was a personal decision. My conscience could not be at peace forever knowing there was a warrant from ICC hanging over my head. I wanted to clear this thing to enable me be at peace,” he continued.

Bensouda

He was wanted by the ICC to answer allegations of corruptly influencing witnesses who had been lined to testify against Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Arap Sang in the crimes against humanity charges they faced at The Hague.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda claimed Gicheru and Phillip Koech had attempted to bribe six prosecution witnesses to withdraw their statements against Dr Ruto and Sang.

The case against Ruto and Sang was subsequently withdrawn in April 2016, ICC judges had indicated that they would still allow the prosecution to bring a new case against the two in future if new evidence is discovered.