Kenya Court Orders Cult Leader Detained Further In Massacre Case

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A Kenyan court on Wednesday ordered a doomsday cult leader accused over the deaths of dozens of people to be held behind bars for three more weeks.

Paul Nthenge Mackenzie faces terrorism charges over what has been dubbed the “Shakahola Forest Massacre” after the grisly discovery last month of mass graves near the Indian Ocean town of Malindi.

A total of 133 people have so far been confirmed dead, many of them children, after investigators said Tuesday they had unearthed another 21 bodies from the forest site.

A court in the port city of Mombasa ordered Mackenzie, his wife and 16 other suspects held for 30 days, dating from his first court appearance when he was arraigned on May 2.

Magistrate Yusuf Shikanda said that releasing the suspects would jeopardise their safety as well as the ongoing investigation.

Prosecutors had been seeking their detention for another 90 days.

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