Court allows wife of Gilbert Deya to appeal

The High Court on Thursday allowed Mary Deya the wife of Televangelist Bishop Gilbert Deya to appeal against a two year sentence for the offense of child trafficking.

This is despite the fact that the required 2 week-period for making an appeal had elapsed.

Mrs. Deya can now appeal against the sentence passed on her by the magistrate’s court for the offense of child trafficking.

She was sentenced mid last year and as required by law, was expected to appeal against the sentence after two weeks.

In her submission Mrs. Deya told Justice Jackton Ojwang that she lacked an advocate to help her file the appeal in time.

She said that after the sentence all her advocates left and she had to look for another representative.

Mrs. Deya who hit headlines last year as the miracle babies’ mother was found guilty of trafficking children from the country to other parts of the world.

In 2004, Police seized 11 “miracle babies” for DNA tests after allegations of child trafficking.

The children were picked up at the home of a couple who claim to be their parents in the capital, Nairobi.

UK-based evangelical pastor Archbishop Gilbert Deya claims to be able to make post-menopausal or infertile women pregnant by exorcising their demons.

But some children’s charities say his actions are a front for baby trafficking.

In August of the same year, ten more miracle babies were discovered.

Mary Deya and two other women were found at the home during the morning police raid and were taken into custody as investigations into the miracle baby controversy continues.

The miracle babies were taken to a Children’s home awaiting DNA results to confirm their parentage while unconfirmed reports indicate that several people turned up to identify some of the Deya’s miracle babies as their long lost children.

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Jan. 24, 2008
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