Deya Claims Envy in Baby Theft Charge

Bishop Gilbert Deya yesterday denied charges of child theft, saying they were based on malice and jealousy.

Bishop Deya of the Gilbert Deya Ministries, in England, said that it was ridiculous that he was being charged with the theft of children who are actually his.

He added that the charges against him were far different from earlier claims that he was smuggling children into the United Kingdom for sale.

Bishop Deya was responding to the charges by a Kenyan court when they were formally presented to him in Scotland.

The bishop, who was questioned by Scotland Yard, said he could not return to London for fear of extradition to Kenya.

He is accused of stealing and harbouring a baby from Ms Elizabeth Njeri at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital. The charge sheet further states that he harboured the child, knowing it had been stolen.

Yesterday, the self-proclaimed archbishop said he had an ironclad alibi for the period he was supposed to have stolen the child.

He claims that the charge that he stole the children in February 2004 were totally untrue as he was in the UK at the time.

“I was in the UK for most of 2003 and January this year. I only visited Kenya between January 5 and 15.

He says he was in the UK from January 16 – four days before his wife reportedly gave birth to the child he is charged with stealing.

Bishop Deya said he would cite immigration records at both Jomo Kenyatta and Heathrow airports as evidence of his claim.

“I have acquired the services of a Queen’s Counsel and a top human rights lawyer in the United Kingdom from Beltrami and Berlow Solicitors.”

Bishop Deya wondered why the original allegations of child trafficking, murder and abduction had now been reduced to stealing his own child.

His is police case No 101 200/04 of September 2, 2004, while the Court File is No 2174104.

He claimed that he would not get a fair trial in the Kenyan courts as they were being run by a “devilish” government.

He claims that the girl in question was born Naomi, together with her twin brother, Jeremiah, although the boy passed away at infancy.

The bishop says the two children were issued with birth certificates numbers 576410 and 576411.

The Kenyan High Commission, in London, yesterday declined to comment on the matter, saying it could not do so without authority from Nairobi, as the matter was in the hands of the police.

Extradition procedures have already been initiated to have Bishop Deya brought to Kenya to face the charge.

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