A Nigerian politician has appeared in court for planning to remove a kidney from a 21-year-old man which he brought to the UK so it could be donated to his daughter.
Ike Ekweremadu, 60, a district senator and lawyer, and his wife Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, allegedly transported the man from Nigeria and then treated him like a slave.
The 21-year-old victim reportedly refused to allow the procedure after undergoing tests at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north-west London.
The man eventually escaped and surrendered to Staines Police Station in Surrey.
The couple appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
They had been arrested at Heathrow Airport on June 21 after arriving on a flight from Turkey.
Ike Ekweremadu faces a charge of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of another person for the purpose of exploitation, and his wife is charged with arranging or facilitating the travel of another person for the purpose of exploitation. of its operation.
The couple were not asked to plead, but the court heard they had previously indicated they would plead not guilty.
The court heard they denied the allegations and that there had been exploitation. They also claimed that there was no criminal association.
The couple were taken into custody by Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram ahead of their next appearance at the Old Bailey.
A plea and trial preparation hearing will be held on August 4.