Kenyan cult leader charged after hundreds of corpses found in forest

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The Kenyan cult leader charged with hundreds of counts of manslaughter is claiming innocence, along with nearly one hundred alleged accomplices.

Paul Nthenge Mackenzie, his wife, and 93 other suspects in the mass-death of cult members pleaded not guilty to 238 counts of manslaughter

The 238 counts represent only a portion of the victims discovered in relation to the cult, which totaled over 429 corpses.

NUMBER OF KENYAN DOOMSDAY CULT MEMBERS FOUND DEAD SURPASSES 400 AS AUTHORITIES FIND 12 MORE BODIES

Paul Mackenzie

Paul Mackenzie, a Kenyan cult leader accused of ordering his followers, who were members of the Good News International Church, to starve themselves to death in Shakahola forest, sits in the dock at the Malindi Law Courts in Malindi, Kilifi, Kenya. (REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo)

MacKenzie, who similarly pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges last week, will undergo a mental evaluation to determine if he is fit to stand trial.

The religious group, known as Good News International Church, is a new-age mutation of evangelical Christianity that developed into a personality cult with an obsession regarding the apocalypse. 

“Once inside the villages established by Mackenzie, followers were not allowed to leave the area, nor interact within themselves,” a Senate committee report on the cult states.

KENYA DOOMSDAY CULT PASTOR, FOLLOWERS FACE CHARGES INCLUDING MURDER AND CHILD TORTURE

Good News International Church Cult

Body bags are laid out at the scene where dozens of bodies have been found in shallow graves in the village of Shakahola, near the coastal city of Malindi, in southern Kenya. (AP Photo)

The report continues, “The followers were required to destroy vital documents, among them national identity cards, birth certificates, certificates of title to property, academic certificates and marriage certificates.”

MacKenzie allegedly instructed believers to starve themselves to death before Armageddon comes to avoid suffering in the end times.

The deranged pastor reportedly preached vehemently against the Western world, including the United States, the United Nations, and the Catholic Church.

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Shakahola cult Kenya

An exhumed body of a victim of a religious cult is laid out in the village of Shakahola, near the coastal city of Malindi, in southern Kenya. The country’s top prosecutor ordered that 95 people from a doomsday cult be charged with murder, cruelty, child torture and other crimes in the deaths of 429 people believed to be members of the church. (AP Photo)

Authorities were turned on to the widespread deaths related to the cult after 15 severely malnourished parishioners were found in Kilifi county.

A search was conducted in the area and dozens of mass graves were discovered — while most victims were found to have died by starvation, some seemed to have been strangled or beaten to death.

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