Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu
The Central Criminal Court in the United Kingdom has adjourned the alleged organ harvesting case involving the Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu to October 31.
Recall that Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice were arrested by the British police on June 23 on allegations of human trafficking and organ harvesting that violates the country’s Modern Slavery Act.
The UK police authorities had accused the lawmaker of conspiring to bring a child David Nwamini to the United Kingdom for organ harvesting, saying the victim is a 15-year-old boy but the court ruled that he is 21.
The duo was accused of plotting to traffic him to transplant his organ for their daughter who is suffering from kidney failure.
They are currently facing charges bordering on conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the travel of another person with a view of exploitation namely organ harvesting.
Ekweremadu said he informed the UK high commission on December 2021 in a letter that Nwamini was undergoing medical investigations for a kidney donation to his daughter, Sonia Ekweremadu, who is in need of a kidney transplant, and said both Nwamini and Sonia will be at the Royal Free Hospital London.
Prosecutor Tim Probert-Wood said the case involved ‘exploitation and harvesting of an organ.’ While the defendant, Martin Hicks, denied the allegation.
Judge Richard Marks QC said that there will be a hearing of pretrial applications on October 31, but the trial will commence fully next year Tuesday,