Televangelist Gilbert Deya to remain behind bars

High Court judge Luka Kimaru has granted the prosecution an additional three months to conclude the trial of controversial televangelist Gilbert Deya.

This means that the preacher will remain behind bars until the case is determined.

According to the court, Deya was a flight risk.

Judge Kimaru ordered that Archbishop Deya remains at the Kamiti Maximum Prison suspending the release order pronounced by Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi.

Magistrate Andayi had ordered that Bishop Deya be released from prison after depositing one million shillings bond and two sureties.

This saw the prosecution team appealed the ruling and argued that it took the state 12 years to have Deya extradited from the United Kingdom to face the trial.

He is facing five counts of stealing five underage children between 1999 and 2004.

His wife, Mary Deya, was arrested and charged in 2008 with 10 counts of similar offences and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Concerns were first raised about the conduct of Deya, who ran a church in London, in a BBC investigation in 2004.

Infertile or post-menopausal women who attended the Gilbert Deya Ministries church in Peckham, south-east London, were told they could have “miracle” babies.

But the babies were always “delivered” in backstreet clinics in Nairobi.

Deya later moved to Scotland, and was arrested in Edinburgh in 2006 under an international arrest warrant issued by Kenya.

His Gilbert Deya Ministries is being investigated by the UK Charity Commission for alleged mismanagement.

“Our statutory inquiry into Gilbert Deya Ministries is ongoing. We are currently considering the implication of Gilbert Deya’s extradition on our investigation,” the commission said in a statement.

When the BBC asked Mr Deya during its 2014 investigation how he explained the births of children with DNA different to that of their alleged parents, the 65-year-old Mr Deya said: “The miracle babies which are happening in our ministry are beyond human imagination.

“It is not something I can say I can explain because they are of God and things of God cannot be explained by a human being.”

Deya had opposed his extradition, saying he feared being tortured and sentenced to death.

  

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