Pastor Gilbert Deya, who claims he can help infertile couples get babies through prayer, has been arrested on sexual assault charges.
Deya, 61, is charged with three counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, and one count of sexual assault by touching an underage girl.
The Associated Press notes that Britain’s Home Office could not immediately answer why Deya is still in Britain, since he lost a legal battle two years ago against extradition to his native Kenya to face kidnapping charges.
In 2004 the Gilbert Deya Ministries website claimed that the organization was “the fastest growing Ministry in the UK and worldwide.”
After praying for infertile couples at, self-proclaimed archbishop Deya sent them to Kenya in order for them to deliver their ‘miracle babies,’ which were then brought back to England. One of the women involved claimed to have had three babies — on as many separate occassions — in one year.
An investigate report broadcast in 2004 on BBC Radio 4′s Face the Facts (listen) noted that when British authorities tested one of those babies, its DNA did not match either of its supposed parents. In addition, the Kenyan birth certificate was found to be a forgery.
Kenyan authorities want to prosecute Deya for stealing and trafficking children.
His wife, Mary, has already spent 3 years in jail in Kenya for stealing a baby. However, she was acquitted, for lack of evidence, of charges of stealing five other children.
Gilbert Deya will remain in custody at least until a preliminary hearing on 8 November.
Gilbert Deya, the self-proclaimed archbishop who claimed he could give infertile couples a “miracle baby,” has lost his fight against extradition from England to his native Kenya where he is to be tried on child trafficking charges.
The Home Secretary Theresa May last week approved to extradite Gilbert Deya to Kenya, where he faces accusations he stole five babies between 1999 and 2004.
David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, whose constituents were caught up in the affair, welcomed the move, saying: “I am very pleased that Gilbert Deya is finally being deported, although I am disappointed it has taken so long. I have been calling for his removal for many years.
“Gilbert Deya is a modern day snake oil salesman who has conned and betrayed his vulnerable congregation. He is a very dangerous man who should have been removed from this country a long time ago.
“He prayed on innocent families who desperately wanted children, while trafficking and smuggling Kenyan babies into the UK. He should face the heavy hand of justice for his abhorrent behaviour.”[…]
Mr Deya was first ordered to be extradited three years ago, and an appeal against extradition failed in October 2008 and he was refused leave to appeal to the House of Lords.
His lawyers made representations that his human rights would be infringed if he was sent to Kenya, but those claims have now been dismissed.
His extradition was confirmed on Tuesday, September 13, and the process of removing him from the country is now underway.
Deya’s wife has already been jailed in Kenya after being convicted of stealing a baby.
Paul Otieno Deya, the nephew of “miracle babies” preacher Gilbert Deya
, has been jailed for life for killing his young son in south-east London after accusing his wife of adultery. [Read more...]
The wife of controversial UK-based televangelist Gilbert Deya
has been jailed for three years for stealing a baby at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. [Read more...]
A self-styled archbishop who claimed he could give infertile couples ‘miracle babies’ is still living and working in the UK despite his extradition to Kenya being ordered three years ago.
The Home Office has said it is still considering representations from Gilbert Deya
‘s solicitors that sending him to Kenya would breach his human rights. [Read more...]
Police are investigating allegations of serious abuse of a five-year-old victim of child trafficking while he was in the care of Haringey, the London council that failed to prevent the death of Baby P.
The boy had been snatched from his home in Africa and presented to a follower of Gilbert Deya
, a self-styled archbishop who claimed to be able to cure infertility through prayer. Once the child was in the UK, the follower adopted the boy – known as Child C – as a “miracle baby
“. He was seized by police and since 2003 has been passed between six different sets of carers. Deya faces extradition
to Kenya, where he is wanted on child abduction charges. [Read more...]
A controversial pastor who claimed he could give infertile couples “miracle babies
” is a step closer to extradition on child abduction charges.
Two High Court judges have refused to give Gilbert Deya
permission to appeal to the House of Lords against the order to extradite him to Kenya. [Read more...]