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Nigeria Ex-Pol in UK Dock for Organ Harvesting


FILE: Ike Ekweremadu, 60, (left) will face trial Jan. 31, 2023 at the Old Bailey court in London, accused, along with his wife, Beatrice, 56, their daughter, Sonia, 25, and a doctor, of bringing a 21-year-old man from Nigeria to have his kidney removed. Taken Mar. 1, 2012.
FILE: Ike Ekweremadu, 60, (left) will face trial Jan. 31, 2023 at the Old Bailey court in London, accused, along with his wife, Beatrice, 56, their daughter, Sonia, 25, and a doctor, of bringing a 21-year-old man from Nigeria to have his kidney removed. Taken Mar. 1, 2012.

Nigeria's former deputy senate president is on trial in Britain on Tuesday along with family members for alleged organ harvesting.

Ike Ekweremadu, 60, is in the dock at the Old Bailey court, accused along with his wife, daughter, and a doctor of bringing a 21-year-old man from Nigeria to have his kidney removed.

Prosecutors said the defendants allegedly planned to have a kidney removed from a 21-year-old Nigerian man, so that it could be given to the politician's daughter, Sonia.

The man is said to have raised the alarm after refusing to consent to the procedure, following preliminary tests at a north London hospital.

Charges were brought after the man went to the police in a town outside London, and the Ekweremadus were arrested in June last year at London's Heathrow airport after flying into the UK.

Another man, Obinna Obeta, a 50-year-old doctor from south London, was arrested at a later date.

The trial is due to open at 1000 GMT on Tuesday. It was brought forward from a planned date in May.

Ekweremadu is a senator for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party for Enugu state in southeast Nigeria.

The Ekweremadus and the doctor are accused of conspiracy to arrange the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, under UK legislation on modern slavery.

The alleged offence is alleged to have taken place between August 2021 and May 2022.

Ike Ekweremadu had his bail plea rejected over concerns he might flee Britain.

The doctor Obeta was also detained. Beatrice and Sonia Ekweremadu were released on conditional bail.

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