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Ekweremadu to remain in custody till Oct 31

Former deputy president, Ike Ekweremadu, has been remanded in a United Kingdom facility on his alleged organ harvesting case.

The Central Criminal Court will hear pretrial applications on October 31, but the trial will commence fully on May 2, 2023.

Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, are facing charges bordering on conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting. However, Beatrice was granted bail on July 22.

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

At the court on Thursday, the senator representing Enugu west asked that a new lawyer represent 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 on Thursday was the third time since his arrest.

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