Archbishop Deya still in Custody

Controversy ridden high-flying Archbishop Gilbert Deya is still in custody after failing to raise the 50,000 pound bail fee.

A source close to the family said friends and family are frantically trying to raise the bail money to enable the prelate to spend his Christmas at home with the family rather than in police custody. The source added that some money was expected to be send in from Kenya.

Peckham-based Gilbert Deya was arrested on Wednesday last week in relation to six accusations of kidnapping babies. The Preacher who runs his worldwide ministry with an estimated 34,000 strong following from the Ormside road headquarters, was bailed by the Westminster magistrates court and is due to appear in court for hearing on the 17th of January 2007.

The case revolves around claims that Gilbert Deya, through inspired prayer, miraculously helps previously infertile couples to conceive. This however proved a myth when three members of his church including his wife Mary Juma Deya were arrested in Kenya in 2004.

Kenyan authorities took 21 children — some only a few weeks old — into protective custody in 2004. Mary Deya, 57, was arrested in Nairobi the following year when she arrived at a Nairobi hospital with a new born baby she claimed she had recently given birth to. On examination, the doctors found her claim to be false.

Other interesting allegations made by the Archbishop include having the ability to perform exorcisms on children, claiming God had given him the gift.

Archbishop Deya appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and was remanded in custody to reappear on the 17th January 2007.

Sources say, “Officers from the MPS Extradition and International Assistance Unit arrested Pastor Gilbert Deya, under a section 71 Extradition Act (full order) extradition arrest warrant. “The warrant was executed following a request from Kenya.”

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This post was last updated: Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 10:24 AM, Central European Time (CET)