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Ekweremadu, wife, doctor jailed for nine, four, ten years respectively

The organ trafficking case against former Nigerian lawmaker, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife, along with Dr Obinna Obeta, have come to an end.

Ekweremadu has been sentenced to nine years and eight months, Beatrice to four years and six months, and Obeta to ten years. They had conspired to bring a 21-year-old street trader to London’s Royal Free Hospital for a private procedure to donate his organ to Sonia Ekweremadu in exchange for £80,000.

Recalling, after a six-week trial at the Old Bailey, Ekweremadu, and his wife, along with Obeta, were found guilty in March, while their daughter, who has a kidney condition, was cleared of the same charge.

Defendants were convicted under the Modern Slavery Act for the first time for a conspiracy involving organ harvesting.

According to the prosecution, the donor was promised a better life in the UK and offered up to £7,000.

According to the Old Bailey, the donor was unaware that he would be donating his kidney until he met with a hospital consultant during his first appointment.

The fate of Sonia and the organ trafficking victim remains unknown.