BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,4TH AUG 2017-Televangelist famously known for miracle babies evangelism Gilbert Deya will remain in custody at the kamiti maximum prison until Thursday next week. Naibu chief Magistrate Franci Andia On Friday rejected a plea by Deya to be released on bail. Deya who was deported from United Kingdom to Kenya will be in custody awaiting the ruling on whether he will be released on bail or not .
He arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 4.40 am on Friday August 4, aboard a Kenya Airways flight.His Lawyer Cliff Ombeta had argued that his client had no power of interfering with investigation into the matter since he had no valid travel documents had he to be released on bail. The prosecution presented a charge sheeting bearing six charges all related to child trafficking .
Deya was ordained by the United Evangelical Church of Kenya and styles himself “Archbishop”. He was an evangelist in Kenya in the late 1980s to early 1990s, but moved to the UK, establishing Gilbert Deya Ministries in 1997.
He is set to face child trafficking charges after being handed over to the Kenyan Authorities following accusations that he coordinated the trafficking of children, who his church would later present as ‘miracles’ for barren mothers.
Police also alleged that Deya stole five children between May 1999 and December 2004 from Pumwani Hospital to facilitate his ‘miracle babies’ project. In 2005, Mr. Deya’s wife Mary Deya was handed a three-year jail term after she was found guilty of stealing a child from the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. Mary falsely claimed that the baby was hers, but it was later confirmed that she had stolen it.
On 13 December 2006, Mr Deya was arrested in London by the Metropolitan Police. A police spokesman said Gilbert Deya was detained under an arrest warrant issued by Kenyan authorities, who had charged him with child abduction and trafficking.
He was ordered by a court on 8 November 2007, to be extradited from the UK to Kenya to face five counts of child trafficking.
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