12 sus­pects charged with fail­ing to re­port planned FGM, de­nied bond lest they in­ter­fere with probe

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

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.

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