The High Court has upheld an earlier decision by a magistrate’s court to deny televangelist Gilbert Deya bail.

The controversial preacher had through lawyer John Swaka moved to the High Court insisting there are no compelling reasons to keep holding him.

Justice Kimaru concurred with Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi that the reasons given by the prosecution to oppose the bond application were compelling.

He, however, 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.

Deya is currently remanded at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison.

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Deya was extradited from Britain in August 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.

The case will be heard on October 9 and 16.