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Nigerian politician and wife accused of bringing 'slave' to UK to harvest his kidney

A Nigerian politician was charged with plotting to take the kidney of a 21 year-old man he brought to Britain to give it to his daughter.

Ike Ekweremadu (60), a district senator and lawyer, is alleged to have taken the man from Nigeria to be treated as a slave.

After undergoing tests at the Royal Free Hospital Hampstead, northwest London, the victim aged 21 is believed to have refused to consent to the procedure.

The man managed to escape and was taken to Staines, Surrey police station.

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On Thursday, the couple appeared in court at Westminster Magistrates Court.

After arriving from Turkey, they were taken to Heathrow Airport and arrested on June 21.

Ike Ekweremadu is facing a conspiracy charge to arrange or facilite travel of another individual with a purpose to exploitation. His wife is also charged with helping to arrange or facilitate travel for another person with the aim to exploitation.

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Although the court did not ask them to plead guilty, they indicated that they were willing to do so.

They denied the allegations and claimed that no exploitation took place. They also claimed that there was no criminal conspiracy.

Tan Ikram, deputy chief magistrate, placed the couple in custody ahead of their next appearance at Old Bailey.

On 4 August, there will be a plea-and-trial preparation hearing.

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