Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice, have been found guilty of organ trafficking. Ike Ekweremadu and his wife were found guilty of organ trafficking in the UK. They were convicted of conspiring to exploit a man for his kidney in the first verdict of its kind under the Modern Slavery Act.
A jury found Senator Ike Ekweremadu, 60, his wife Beatrice, 56, and medical “middleman” Dr Obinna Obeta, 50, guilty of a conspiracy to bring a young man to Britain to give his kidney to the politician’s sick daughter.
The Ekweremadus’ 25-year-old daughter, Sonia, who has a serious kidney condition, wept in court as she was cleared by the jury, which deliberated for nearly 14 hours.
It is the first time defendants have been convicted under the Modern Slavery Act of an organ harvesting conspiracy.The victim, a 21-year-old street trader from Lagos, was brought to the UK last year to provide a kidney to Sonia for an £80,000 private transplant at the Royal Free Hospital in London.