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ICC: Kenyan appoints American expert Michael Karnavas to represent him

Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru who surrendered himself to the International Criminal Court (ICC) has appointed American Michael G Karnavas to represent him.

Gicheru had represented himself when he made his first appearance at the ICC on Friday, November 6, but has now settled on the American expert in international criminal law.

Gicheru is accused of offences against the administration of justice consisting of corruptly influencing witnesses, in a case against Deputy President William Ruto over the 2007/2008 Post Election skirmishes.

Michael G. Karnavas experience and prowes

Licensed in Alaska and Massachusetts and qualified to appear before the various International tribunals, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karnavas is recognised as an expert in international criminal defence.

Karnavas has been practising law for over 34 years and has appeared before State and Federal Courts in the USA, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), and the ICC.  

He was the lead counsel for Jadranko Prlic, then Prime Minister of the Croatian Republic of Herzeg Bosnia. Prlic was in 2013 sentenced to 25 years for crimes against humanity in the Croat-Bosnian war. The trial lasted 5 years and it is currently on appeal.  

He was also the lead counsel for Shefqet Kabashi. Kabashi was charged with two counts of contempt of court knowingly and willfully interfering with the administration of justice by contumaciously refusing or failing to answer a question as a witness before a Chamber on two occasions in the case of Haradinaj et al.

Karnavas also represented former commander of the Bratunac Brigade of the Republic Srpska Army Vidoje Blagojević. In 2005, the ICTY found him guilty of genocide and other war crimes in the Srebrenica massacre and sentenced to 18 years.

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