, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 – The High Court has affirmed the decisions by a magistrate’s court to deny controversial televangelist Gilbert Deya bail.
This is after Justice Luka Kimaru declined to free the man of the cloth pending hearing of a case in which he is facing charges of child stealing.
Deya had through lawyer John Swaka moved to the High Court insisting there are no compelling reasons to keep holding him until the case are concluded.
In his determination, Justice Kimaru concurred with Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi that reasons given by the prosecution to oppose the bond application were compelling.
However, Justice Kimaru said he had denied him bail on condition that the prosecution closes its case in the next 120 days, failure to which he will grant him bond.
The trial court gave similar conditions last month directing the prosecution to make available all prosecution witnesses failure to which Deya will be granted bail.
Deya is currently remanded at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison as he awaits trial.
The televangelist was charged with five counts of stealing five children.
It is alleged that between 2002 and 2004 at Mountain View Estate, Nairobi, Deya stole the children – all under the age of 14.
Last week the defence claimed the prosecution was yet to furnish them with copies of all documents, which they believe will be part of the evidence to be used during trial.
It was said that during his extradition, a British court visited Kamiti and was satisfied that it met the threshold of a facility in which the cleric could be remanded.
When Deya was charged, he asked the court to take him to Kamiti and not the Industrial Area Remand Prison.
The case will be heard beginning October 9.