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'Miracle baby' pastor to be extradited

EXTRADITED: Evangelist Gilbert Deya is to be sent to Kenya to face charges of child abduction

AN EVANGELICAL pastor who claimed he had the power to grant “miracle babies” to infertile couples will be extradited to Kenya to face child abduction charges.

Gilbert Deya, who held services in Peckham, south London, has fought a legal battle to stay in the UK since 2007 arguing that forcing him return to his home country was a breach of his human rights.

Home Secretary Theresa May has denied his appeal after Government spokesman said he had exhausted all avenues.

Deya will be tried by the Kenyan Government over allegations he stole five children between 1999 and 2004 and presented families in Britain who were unable to conceive as “gifts from God”.

Tottenham MP David Lammy welcomed the decision after a husband and wife in his north London constituency were duped.

He said: “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 preyed 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.”

Deya’s High Court appeal to avoid being extradited failed and he was refused permission to take the case to the House of Lords.

Throughout the legal battle he has remained in the UK running his charity, Gilbert Deya Ministries, which broadcasts across Africa and Europe on his satellite TV channel, Deya Broadcasting Network.

It is estimated he has made millions in voluntary donations from his faithful following of up to 34,000, according to its website.

Deya's wife, Mary, has already been jailed in Kenya for child abduction.

Earlier this year, his “adopted son” and nephew, Paul Deya, was jailed for a minimum of 20 years after murdering his own son and trying to kill his wife in 2009.

A representative of the Gilbert Deya Ministries told The Voice: "The pastor is not in a position to talk to you right now.

"God bless you."

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