After deciding that the accused organ harvest victim, David Nwamini, is 21 years old, the Westminster Magistrate’s Court remanded Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, in jail and postponed the case to August 4th.
Nwamini claimed to be a juvenile, but the defendants’ attorneys contended that the victim lied about his age, while the prosecution asserted that he is.
Despite the court’s later finding that the victim is not a child, Ekweremadus will appear in London on August 4th to continue his trial.
Szilvia Booker represented the wife, while Gavin Irwin represented Ekweremadu.
In support of his former deputy, a high-powered delegation headed by former Senate President David Mark appeared in court.
Former Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe, Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs Adamu Bulkachuwa were also present, as were officials from the Nigerian High Commission.
Earlier, Ekweremadu’s attorney, Irwin, rejected any exploitation in the case, saying during his opening statement, “We deny that there was exploitation or purpose to do so.”
The defendants’ attorneys also told the court that they expect to submit a bail application in the first week of August.