Gilbert Deya obtains orders blocking his extradition

They controversial preacher, Archbishop Gilbert Deya, has obtained orders blocking the United Kingdom from extraditing him to Kenya.

Deya’s lawyers said on Wednesday they were not aware of the charges their client would face once deported. Lawyer Cliff Ombeta said his colleagues in London had blocked the extradition demanding to know the charges facing the “miracle babies” saga televangelist.

Ombeta said Deya was now a free man and was working on his immigration papers in London.

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Police in Nairobi have, however, sent the charges to the relevant authorities. A senior officer involved in the case said the charge sheet was sent on Tuesday after authorities learnt of the hitch.

A team of detectives had been sent to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Tuesday night to await Deya after reports indicated that he was to be deported. But the officers left after being informed that the extradition had been stopped.

Deportation treaty

Deya faces deportation following his arrest in Edinburgh Sheriff’s Court, UK, a week ago. Deya, who was arrested alongside his son, Daniel, while attending a case involving one of his children taken to UK in November 2004, was spending his first week at Dungavel Immigration Centre in Lanarkshire.

Police had confirmed that Deya was arrested after a court official recognised him. Under the Immigration Act, the British Home Secretary has powers to deport anyone. Kenya and the UK have a deportation treaty, which guarantees that a deported person would not be mistreated once in the country.

At the time of the arrest, Deya’s name was on the International Police (Interpol) list of the most wanted people after the “miracle babies” scandal that rocked his church in 2004.

In September 2004, Deya applied for asylum in UK, claiming his life was in danger following reports that the Kenyan authorities wanted to question him over child-trafficking allegations.

The request was turned down last year although Deya appealed against the decision, forcing him to maintain a low profile until his arrest.


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The Standard, Kenya
June 22, 2006
Cyrus Ombati
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