Paul Mackenzie and 28 other suspects detained for 6 months more.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has submitted a new request asking the court to order the detention of Paul Mackenzie and his co-accused for six months.

Assistant DPP Jami Yamina said the period will enable the police to conclude the investigation into Shakahola’s death.

“The investigation remains incomplete after the failure of the original court order directing the further detention of Mackenzie and his co-accused for 47 days,” he said.

In the request, the DPP said state pathologists need at least six additional months to complete the DNA analysis process to fully determine the true identity of the exhumed bodies.

“The DNA analysis of the 429 bodies recovered from the Shakahola forest is fragile, expensive, difficult, and time-consuming,” Yamina said.

The case will be mentioned on October 12, 2023.

Mackenzie has been in police custody for five months now, facing at least 12 charges including terrorism, murder, counseling and assisting suicide.

The other is; kidnapping, extremism, genocide, crimes against humanity, child cruelty, fraud and money laundering.

On June 2, after the initial 30 days had expired, the DPP and DCI requested an extension of the custody orders for another 60 days.

Before the court ruled on the new request, Mackenzie and his co-accused went on a 10-day hunger strike while in custody.

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