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Organ harvesting: Ekweremadu, wife appear in UK court

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Ekweremadu and wife

Nigeria’s former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Ekweremadu have appeared in a London court on Tuesday ahead of their trial for organ harvesting.

The couple was accused alongside their daughter Sonia and a doctor of bringing a 21-year-old man from Nigeria to have his kidney removed.

Sonia was unable to attend court as she is currently in hospital with an unspecified condition.

Her defence team have also submitted a psychological report, claiming she is not fit to stand trial.

The court adjourned soon after convening in order for prosecutors to read the report.

The accuser 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. The Ekweremadus were arrested in June last year at London’s Heathrow airport after flying into the UK.

The trial has been brought forward from a planned date in May.

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