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Peckham pastor deported to face child trafficking charges

DEPORTED: Gilbert Deya

THE UK has extradited Kenyan pastor Gilbert Deya to face child trafficking charges in Kenya.

Deya, who claims he can make infertile women pregnant, has finally succumbed to the extradition after he failed in his decade-long legal battle to remain in the UK.

Kenya's government alleges he stole five children between 1999 and 2004. He has denied the allegation.

According to the BBC, 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 Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

Deya later moved to Scotland, and was arrested in Edinburgh in 2006. When the BBC asked him at the time how he explained the births of children with DNA different to that of their alleged parents, 65-year-old 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 arrived in Nairobi aboard a Kenya Airways flight following his extradition and is due to be charged in court with child trafficking.

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

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