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Ike Ekweremadu to remain in custody as UK court adjourns ‘organ harvesting’ trial till Oct 31

Ike Ekweremadu to remain in custody as UK court adjourns ‘organ harvesting’ trial till Oct 31

The Central Criminal Court in the UK has adjourned the alleged organ harvesting case involving Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy president of the senate.

The former deputy senate president and Beatrice, his wife, are facing charges bordering on conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.

Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, had earlier appeared before the Central Criminal Court, the United Kingdom in continuation of his organ harvesting trial.

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Also on that same day, the lawmaker’s wife, Beatrice and 51-year-old Obinna Obeta, also appeared in law court alongside with his husband. she was said to have been arrested weeks ago on charges related to slavery and exploitation.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Juliana Olayinka, reports from the Central Criminal Court in Central London, saying the case has captured the attention of the world’s media because of its complexity.

Three individuals were expected to appear in front of the judge on that day. That is the former Deputy Senate President; his wife, Beatrice and the third individual who was arrested by the Metropolitan Police a couple of weeks ago for charges related to Modern Slavery and Exploitation,” she said.

Ike Ekweremadu to remain in custody as UK court adjourns ‘organ harvesting’ trial till Oct 31

“Mrs Ekweremadu, who is on bail, appeared at the Old Bailey for a plea and directions hearing, with Messrs Ekweremadu and Obeta also attending by video link from Wandsworth and Belmarsh prisons,” Daily Mail said.

The newspaper said the judge, Richard Marks, said the case would be heard by a High Court judge, adding that a provisional trial will begin by 2 May, 2023 with an estimated length of three to four weeks.

Mr Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Ekweremadu, were on 23 June arrested in the UK by London Met Police and charged with conspiracy to traffic a child to the United Kingdom in order to harvest organs.

According to the prosecutors, the couple has a daughter who has a kidney-related disease and has been on dialysis for some time. They added that they believe the plan was to use an organ from the boy on their daughter who needs a kidney transplant.

In a turn of events, David Nwamini (alleged victim of trafficking) told doctors he was 15 and was coerced by the Ekweremadus into donating his kidney.

However, the Nigerian government said all its records show that Mr Nwamini was not a minor and was 21 years old.

“This is a 51-year-old named Obinna Obeta. According to some reports, was is going to also appear very short.

The judge and prosecutor are expected to lay out the offences, which will create room for the main trial, she said.

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Giving more updates, the correspondent said the Senator may be remanded in custody till 2023.

Ekweremadu, who represents Enugu West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, was arrested at the Heathrow Airport from Turkey in June.

He was in possession of a diplomatic passport with questions bordering on whether the case contravened the Vienna Convention and Diplomatic Immunity.

Efforts to get information from the Nigerian High Commission UK proved abortive, but it is expected that the lawmaker should be given immunity to face charges in his country.

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However, the case came to the public knowledge on June 23 after Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested by the Metropolitan Police on arrival into the UK from Turkey.

She added, “Why I said this case is complex is because, over the past couple of weeks, it is twisting. What we found out on July 7 when they appeared at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court is that this alleged victim isn’t actually underaged.

“He is indeed a 21-year-old but that doesn’t mean some of the charges that face the Senator are not incredibly serious. He is believed to be in violation of the Modern Slavery Act of Britain (2015).

“This individual is said to have exploited the arrangements of how he got to the United Kingdom. So, the case continues.”

The lawmaker and his wife, Beatrice Ekweremadu, were arrested on June 23 by the British authorities and charged with conspiracy to traffic a child to the United Kingdom in order to harvest organs. Prosecutors had said that the couple has a daughter with a kidney-related disease and ha

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