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President Ruto’s lawyer awarded honorary doctorate by Mt Kenya University


Mount Kenya University is set to confer President William Ruto’s lawyer Karim Khan with an honorary doctorate, during its 23rd graduation ceremony scheduled on August 4, 2023.

In a public notice, the university announced that it had nominated the Briton barrister for the Honorary Doctor of Law conferment.

“Mount Kenya University has nominated Mr Karim A.A.Khan KC for the conferment of Honorary Doctor of Law (Honoris Causa) in recognition of his broad contribution to the rule of law and international justice.

This conferment is in recognition of the following: seasoned international criminal law and Human rights lawyer, Community outreach in support of social emancipation through education, service in the fight against terrorism, research and publications, other appointments and awards,” the notice stated.

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Khan who took over from Fatou Bensouda as International Criminal Court Prosecutor in June 2021, represented President Ruto in the 2017 post-election violence case at the Hague.

The then deputy president had been sued alongside former president Uhuru Kenyatta at the ICC court over the post-election violence.

ICC threw out the case against President Ruto citing insufficient evidence. Khan has also represented son of Libyan former leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif Al Islam.

A barrister of over 30 years and a King’s Counsel since 2011, Khan is a Bencher of Lincoln Inn and was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2018.

Among his many achievements in vast resume, Khan has also served as an Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations as the first Special Adviser and Head of the United Nations Investigative team.

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