'Miracle baby' Kenyan faces extradition in London

London, England - A Kenyan who says his prayers produced "miracle babies" for infertile women appeared in a London court on Wednesday to face possible extradition to Kenya on charges of child smuggling.

Gilbert Deya promotes himself as archbishop in the Gilbert Deya Ministries, which claim to be the fastest growing church in Britain with more than 34,000 followers across the country and which has had its funds frozen by the Charity Commission.

Kenyan authorities issued an arrest warrant for Deya in September 2005, accusing him of involvement in the abduction of six children between 1999 and 2004.

Deya denies the charges and says his prayers enabled the infertile women to give birth.

Kenyan police believe Deya may have been involved in the disappearance of as many as 20 children, selling some of them to childless couples in Britain.

His wife in Kenya is under investigation in the same case.

Deya, whose ministry is based in south east London but who at one stage moved to Scotland, appeared briefly in at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court to state his name and address.

He was granted bail of 50,000 pounds and ordered to appear in court again on January 17.

Police said he was arrested in London on Wednesday morning.