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Kenyan 'miracle baby' pastor held
Gilbert Deya
Gilbert Deya denies he is involved in child trafficking
A Kenyan evangelist who claimed to have created miraculous pregnancies through the power of prayer has been arrested in London by British police.

A police spokesman said Gilbert Deya had been detained under an arrest warrant issued by Kenyan authorities, who charged him with child trafficking.

In Kenya, 20 babies went into care when DNA tests showed they were not related to women claiming to be their mothers.

A UK court will now have to decide whether Mr Deya can be extradited.

Mr Deya denies accusations that he ran a child-trafficking ring on the pretext of praying for his followers to conceive via miraculous powers.

He runs a number of churches in UK cities.

Kenyan police allege the Gilbert Deya Ministries is an international baby-snatching ring and last year asked the UK government to extradite Mr Deya.

They say their investigation revolves around the disappearance of babies from Nairobi's Pumwani Maternity Hospital and involves suspects in Britain, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya.

His arrest warrant was issued after the arrest of his wife, Mary, in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, last year.

She arrived at a hospital with a newborn baby to which she claimed to have given birth, but doctors who examined Mrs Deya, aged 57 at the time, said her claim of recently having given birth was false.

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