Self-proclaimed archbishop Gilbert Deya to be extradited to Kenya

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.

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Religion News Blog posted this on Tuesday September 20, 2011.
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