Kenyans will have to wait a little longer to know the actual cause of death of a wanted International Criminal Court suspect-turned witness lawyer Paul Gicheru after the autopsy examination process undertaken yesterday at Lee Funeral Home was declared inconclusive.
Although reports indicate he could have suffered pulmonary embolism, body samples were taken for further analysis including toxicological analysis to investigate possible case of poisoning, The Informer has established.
“Some samples were taken for further analysis including chemical analysis.” A source privy with the developments told The Informer.
Government pathologist Dr. Dorothy Njeru was the lead pathologist during the postmortem exercise conducted in the presence of the family members, homicide detectives drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) led by Martin Nyuguto and Gicheru’s family lawyer Katwa Kigen.
Gicheru’s postmortem had been scheduled to take place earlier in the week, however, dispute within the family saw the exercise delayed
Josephine Wambui, Gicheru’s mother wanted the tests done in the presence of her grandchildren amid their return home from the United Kingdom.
At the time of his death, Gicheru was facing charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly bribing and intimidating prosecution witnesses in the case against President Wiliam Ruto following the 2007 post-election violence that left at least 1,500 Kenyans dead.
Gicheru was out on a Sh1 million bond after pleading not guilty to the eight charges of obstructing witnesses.
His case at The Hague will close once the government issues his death certificate as the ICC has no power hearing cases that involve deceased suspects.