Teen charged with 9 counts of mur­der in school fire

Kingston Whig-Standard - - WORLD NEWS -

NAIROBI, Kenya — A Kenyan teenager has been charged with nine counts of mur­der and ar­son in the deaths of her school­mates in a fire at their board­ing school last month.

Justice Luka Ka­maru barred the me­dia from the court­room on Wed­nes­day, say­ing the rights of the 14-year-old must be pro­tected. She was re­leased on $2,000 bail.

Ten other stu­dents were in­jured in the fire at Moi Girls School in Kenya’s cap­i­tal, Nairobi. The cause of the fire re­mains un­clear.

The fire brought back mem­o­ries of the deaths of 67 stu­dents in a dor­mi­tory fire at a high school in east­ern Kenya in March 2001. It later emerged the fire was caused by stu­dents ap­par­ently an­gered by the school’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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