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Murder charge for abortion doctor divides medical profession in Kenya

BMJ 2004; 330 doi: (Published 30 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;330:10
  1. Fred Mbugua
  1. Nairobi

The prominent Kenyan obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr John Nyamu remains in police custody after his arrest on 27 May last year on murder charges. Dr Nyamu is charged with unlawfully killing two fetuses that were among 15 found in rubbish bags near a Nairobi housing estate. His trial is set to start on 9 February. Charged jointly with him are two nurses, Ms Marion Wambui Kibathi and Ms Mercy Kaimuri Mathai.

According to police sources, autopsy results indicated that three of the fetuses were at least seven months old (40, 36, and 32 weeks) at the time the pregnancies were terminated. The fetuses were found in plastic bags by a river outside a …

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