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General News of Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

UK court grants Senator Ekweremadu's wife bail

Ike Ekweremadu and wife Beatrie Ike Ekweremadu and wife Beatrie

The United Kingdom court has granted 55-year-old Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, wife of Senator Ike Ekeremadu bail.

The former Deputy Senate President and his wife were arrested and are facing trial in the UK after being accused of allegedly trafficking a man whose age has been established to be 21, to the UK to harvest his kidney for their daughter.

Beatrice has been reportedly charged with arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation, between August 1 last year and May 5, under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, while Senator Ike got charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.

The court granted Beatrice bail under stringent conditions. However, her husband, Senator Ike bail application was denied.

In a publication sighted on Lindaikejisblog, Common Serjeant of London, Judge Richard Marks said;

"The position is that I have granted bail to Beatrice subject to some fairly stringent conditions but I have refused bail to Ike."

Prior to this, Prosecutor Tim Probert-Wood said that the case involved ‘exploitation and the harvesting of an organ, reason they are not appealing the decision;

He said;

"The case began on 5 May 2022 when the complainant presented himself at Staines Police Station and claimed he had been transported to this country for the purpose of his kidney being removed.

"He arrived on 20th February 2022 and was taken to Royal Free Hospital where tests were conducted.

"For the purpose he was there he did not consent to the taking of his kidney.

"He returned to the house he was staying and his treatment changed dramatically.

"He described being treated effectively as a slave."

Ike Ekweremadu's lawyer, Martin Hicks however said;

"We deny that there was any exploitation or any intent to do so.

"The argument will be factual denial."

The couple are due to appear at the Old Bailey on 4 August.

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