(Photo: Gilbert Deya Ministries Facebook page)

Televangelist Gilbert Deya has been denied bail in a Milimani court in Kenya. The preacher was extradited from Britain last week and has been charged with stealing children and presenting them as "miracle babies" born due to prayer.

Deya denied five counts of stealing children. His case is to be mentioned on 25 August and will be heard in September.

The preacher complained via his lawyer about circumstances in Kamiti Maximum Prison. His lawyer claims that Britain had arranged for VIP treatment and that it this not being granted. The prosecution says only a private cell was agreed on, and that his other conditions are the same as for other prisoners. 

The scandal first broke in 2004 as it emerged Deya and his wife Mary claimed their prayers could see infertile and post-menopausal women fall pregnant in four months, and without intercourse.

However the "miracle babies" were allegedly stolen, mainly from Nairobi's Pumwani Maternity Hospital. Kenyan prosecutors say they kidnapped at least five children under the age of 14 between 1999 and 2004.

Deya's extradition was first ordered in 2007 and his arrival in Kenya last week marked the end of his decade-long legal battle to remain in the UK. Then-interior minister Theresa May instructed he be returned to Kenya in 2011. It is unclear why it took a further six years for him to be sent back.

Deya has been running his Gilbert Deya Ministries operation from Peckham, south London. His church's website says it has a membership of more than 34 000 in Britain. He claims he was consecrated as an archbishop in the United States in 1992.

According to local media Deya was an evangelist in Kenya in the late eighties and early nineties, before he moved to the UK to set up his ministry.