Archbishop's wife on baby-abduction charge

Nairobi, Kenya -- Three women, including the wife of an archbishop believed to be in Scotland, appeared in court in Kenya yesterday charged with abducting a child.

Mary Deya, the wife of archbishop Gilbert Deya, appeared alongside Miriam Nyeko, a British national, and Rose Kiserem, a Ugandan.

Mr Deya, who is fighting extradition to Kenya, came to prominence in the UK last year after claiming his prayers could impregnate infertile women.

The three women were arrested last August following raids on two addresses in Nairobi during which 21 babies were recovered.

Police suspect the women were involved in a baby smuggling ring.

They want to question Mr Deya - head of a 40,000-strong congregation - about his claim that he would pray for childless women in the UK, who would then travel to Kenya to give birth in Nairobi’s slum hospitals.