Kenyan pastor of ‘miracle babies’ acquitted of child trafficking

Gilbert Deya (C), celebrates in court with his supporters after being acquitted by the Milimani High Courts in Nairobi on July 17, 2023

Gilbert Deya was greeted by supporters outside the court

A controversial Kenyan televangelist, who claimed to have created miraculous pregnancies, has been acquitted of child trafficking charges due to insufficient evidence.

The prosecution has failed to prove that Gilbert Deya stole five children two decades ago, a Kenyan magistrate has said.

He had been accused of giving them to women who were struggling to become pregnant.

The self-proclaimed pastor was extradited from the UK in 2017, after his decade-long legal battle failed.

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

Women struggling to conceive who attended Gilbert Deya Ministries church in Peckham, south-east London, have been told they can have ‘miracle’ babies.

But the babies were still “delivered” in clandestine clinics in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

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

In his decision on Monday, Magistrate Robison Ondieki said the prosecution had “failed to establish circumstantial evidence”, according to the Star newspaper, which quotes him.

Speaking in court, Mr Deya said he had forgiven those who wanted to see him in jail, Kenyan media report.

“The case tainted my name…but I am happy to return to the ministry…I am happy to have been acquitted,” he said, according to the Citizen website.

He has also hinted that he may seek to return to the UK.

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