Beatrice, the wife of former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has been granted bail on stringent conditions by a London court.
Recall that the senator and his wife are facing trial in the United Kingdom after being accused of allegedly plotting to traffic a man whose age has been established to be 21, to the UK to harvest a kidney for their daughter.
While Beatrice is 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, Ike is charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.
The Common Serjeant of London, Richard Marks, on Monday freed Mrs Ekweremadu on stringent terms but denied Mr Ekweremadu bail.
The court, however, did not immediately disclose the terms set for Mrs Ekweremadu or when Mr Ekweremadu would be released before adjourning the matter till August 4.
Speaking on the bail, Judge 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.”
DailyMail gathered that prosecutors are not appealing the decision. Prosecutor Tim Probert-Wood said previously that the case involved ‘exploitation and the harvesting of an organ.’
“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.See Also
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.”