Controversial UK-based Kenyan preacher Gilbert Deya has moved to the Court seeking to have the police restrained from harassing him when he lands in Kenya from the United Kingdom to face charges relating to his “miracle babies" fiasco.
In an application before Lady Justice Ngenye Macharia on Wednesday through Lawyer John Swaka, Deya said that he was worried that the police officers will arrest, manhandle and embarrass him with the excuse of investigating and charging him, when he arrives in the country.
The preacher is facing charges of stealing five children between May 1999 and December 2004 at the Nairobi’s Pumwani Maternity Hospital in order to execute his “miracle babies” project.
Kenyan authorities believe that the five babies were among infants the preacher later gave to infertile women in his church saying they were “miracle babies” delivered by the women after he prayed for them.
“Archbishop Deya’s wife, Mary Deya, was acquitted of the offences and he is confident that the same will happen to him and is ready to present himself before the authorities,” says lawyer Swaka in court papers.
The lawyer said that it was for this reasons that Deya is seeking Court protection and assurance safety and liberty as enshrined in the Kenyan Constitution.
“Archbishop Deya is not a flight risk, and has no capacity to interfere with investigations conducted many years ago,” he said.
Deya’s Court application comes just a week after a United Kingdom Court threw out his case challenging extradition. The Court ruled that the preacher be deported to Kenya.