A Kenyan court has charged cult leader Paul Mackenzie with terrorism related crimes over the deaths of 429 of his followers.

The self-proclaimed pastor was charged along with 94 others over the deaths of followers whose bodies have been exhumed from the Shakahola forest near the Indian ocean.

Recall, Mackenzie was arrested last April after the bodies began being discovered.

The charges, announced during an appearance before a court in the southeastern city of Mombasa, are the first to be brought against him.

Mackenzie and his co-defendants denied the charges during their appearance before the judge, joe Omido, while due to be back to court on February 8 for a bond hearing.

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