12 suspects charged with failing to report planned FGM, denied bond lest they interfere with probe
The Kehancha law court has denied bond to 12 people accused of failing to report planned FGM.
The court said on Monday that if released, the accused would interfere with investigations and force more girls to undergo the cut. Four suspects were arrested on Saturday by Kuria East police. Eight were arrested on Sunday afternoon during a police raid at the home of a circumciser in Komange village, Kuria West.
They appeared before Justice George Sagero on Monday when they pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Sagero ordered the accused remanded until November 14, when the case will be mentioned. He said this will allow prosecutors to investigate and allay fears of the suspects interfering with the process.
The suspects were arrested while in the process of commissioning the circumcision ceremony. Police seized some implements used for mutilation and rescued an underage girl.
Police say the crackdown will be relentless, despite threats from Kura elders to bewitch them.
Many girls are cut during the school holiday.