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Paul Mackenzie, Pastor of Kenya Death Cult, Faces Terrorism Charge After 400 Deaths

Kenyan prosecutors have said they intend to charge a suspected cult leader and dozens of other suspects with murder and terrorism over the deaths of more than 400 of his followers, after a court warned it may have to free him.

The self-proclaimed pastor Paul Nthenge Mackenzie is alleged to have incited his followers to starve to death in order to “meet Jesus” in a case that shocked the world.

Mackenzie was arrested in April last year after bodies were discovered in a forest near the Indian Ocean coast. His pre-trial detention has been extended on several occasions as investigations draw out.

“Upon thorough analysis of the evidence, the director of public prosecutions is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute 95 suspects,” the DPP’s office said.

The move came a week after a court gave authorities 14 days to prosecute the former taxi driver or release him. Mackenzie and his co-accused will face 10 charges including murder, manslaughter and terrorism. They will also be charged with “subjecting a child to torture”, the prosecutors said.

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