Ekweremadu To Remain In UK Custody As Court Adjourns Hearing Till Oct 31

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Embattled former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu is set to remain in prison custody in United Kingdom for the next two months as the Central Criminal Court in the UK has adjourned court hearing on alleged organ harvesting case against the federal lawmaker.

Ekweremadu, who appeared in court, Thursday, will be in custody after the judge adjourned the matter to the end of October.

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

Scores of Nigerian Senators And House of Representatives members were present at the  London Court in show of solidarity fo Ekweremadu.

The New Diplomat had reported that Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice were arrested in London on suspicion of organ harvesting, an accusation which they denied.

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The Nigerian senator first appeared in court at London’s Uxbridge magistrates’ court, where he vigorously disputed all of the accusations.

After being denied bail, Ekweremadu and his wife were detained in custody, and the case was to continue July 7 and now August 4, 2022.

However, on July 2, Beatrice, his wife, was granted bail with stringent requirements.

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In the case, 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.

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