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UK Court Adjourns trial, Ekweremadu to remain in custody

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…UK court adjourns ‘organ harvesting’ trial till Oct 31

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

The judge handling the case is going to hear pretrial applications on October 31, but the trial will commence fully on May 2, 2023.

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. The couple was arrested by London Metropolitan Police in June and appeared before a magistrate court in July.

Ekweremadu’s wife was granted bail on July 22.

At the court yesterday, the senator representing Enugu West asked that a new lawyer represents  him. The police had alleged that David Ukpo, the reported victim at the centre of the organ harvesting allegation, is a 15-year-old but the court ruled that he is 21.

Ekweremadu’s appearance in the UK court is the third time since his arrest. The politician is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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