- Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife's hopes of securing bail have been shattered by the Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London
- The couple will have to wait another four weeks in prison to make another attempt at bail
- Meanwhile, one of the charges against them has been struck out as it was ruled in their favour
London, United Kingdom - Emerging reports have confirmed that for the second consecutive time, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice have been denied bail by the United Kingdom Magistrate Court.
As reported by Daily Nigerian, the Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London, United Kingdom remanded the couple in prison as their case over an alleged organ harvesting continues.
However, Legit.ng gathered that there is a sigh of relief for the couple as the Westminster Magistrate’s Court declared that David Ukpo, the supposed kidney donor is not a minor as he had earlier claimed.
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Ukpo had earlier claimed to be a 15-year-old Nigeria from the southeastern part of Nigeria. However, after further investigation, it was proven that the young man is a 21-year-old adult.
Ekweremadu, Wife to appear in court, August 4
Meanwhile, the Westminster Magistrate’s Court, after hearing the case on Thursday, July 7, ruled on an adjournment which automatically remanded Ekweremadu and his wife in prison.
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According to the court, proceedings will resume on Thursday, August 4, which is nearly four weeks away.
During the opening session of the hearing, counsel to the accused, Gavin Irwin, denied any form of exploitation in the case.
“We deny that there was exploitation or intent to do so,”
NIMC gets new order from court over Ekweremadu's case
Meanwhile, as part of the process of establishing the real age of the kidney donor, the federal high court in Abuja issued an order.
In its ruling, the court ordered the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to provide the details of the donor.
The court ruling was issued on Friday, July 1, to help in the case of Senator Ekweremadu at the London magistrate court.
Nigerian delegates arrive UK court for Ekweremadu's trial
Prior to the commencement of the trial at the Westminster Magistrate Court, Ex-Senate President David Mark was present at the court session.
He was accompanied by other Senators and top government officials in Nigeria.
The delegates were sent by the national assembly of Nigeria to monitor the proceedings of the case.