Former deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, is denying offering money to a prospective kidney donor to save his sick daughter, Sonia.
In his opening addresses at the Old Bailey, lawyers for the defendant, Martin Hicks, insisted they believed the donor was acting “altruistically”.
Hicks said Ekweremadu did not attend any visits to the Royal Free Hospital in February and March last year, which concluded that the donor was unsuitable.
Ekweremadu and his wife were arrested in June 2022 at the Heathrow Airport in London and were immediately arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court for allegedly bringing a young man into the country to allegedly harvest his organs.
He has been in custody of the UK authorities since June 23 while his wife was granted bail by a criminal court in London.