Former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu will remain in detention until October 31, a UK court ruled yesterday.
He and his wife Beatrice are facing charges of conspiring to traffick a person for organ harvesting in violation of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.
The London court adjourned the pre-trial hearing till October 31.
The judge, Richard Marks, said a provisional trial will begin by May 2, 2023, with an estimated length of three to four weeks.
The couple was arrested in the UK by London Met Police on June 23 for allegedly trying to illegally procure a kidney transplant for their ailing daughter.
David Nwamini (alleged victim of trafficking) told doctors he was 15 and was forced by the Ekweremadus into donating his kidney.
The Westminster Magistrate Court later ruled that he is not a minor.
The case was transferred to Central Criminal Court in London popularly known as Old Bailey where Mrs Ekweremadu was granted bail.
But the senator was denied bail because he was said to be a flight risk.
Obinna Obeta, a Nigerian doctor practising in the UK, was charged with plotting with the Ekweremadus to traffic a man into the UK to harvest a kidney for their daughter.
Mr Obeta appeared before Bexley Magistrates’ court on July 13 and is charged under the Modern Slavery Act with arranging the travel of a 21-year-old man between August 2021 and May 2022 to exploit him, according to Premium Times.