After a London court found him and his wife, Beatrice, guilty of organ trafficking, former Deputy President of the Senate Ike Ekweremadu faces a 10-year prison term under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 of the United Kingdom.
Ekweremadu and his wife were remanded in custody following Mr. Justice Johnson’s guilty verdicts, and they will be sentenced on May 5.
The Mirror says that the two of them were accused along with a doctor named Obinna Obeta and their daughter Sonia. Sonia was found not guilty after the jury deliberated for nearly 14 hours.
After receiving complaints from the young man regarding their alleged plans to harvest his organ, UK authorities arrested and held the Ekweremadus.
Daily Mail reports that the young trader from Lagos would receive a £80,000 private reward for donating a kidney to Sonia at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
According to The PUNCH, the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015 prohibits human trafficking, which includes organ harvesting.
Related News Ekweremadu’s wife found guilty of trafficking organs I did not participate in the search for a kidney donor – Ekweremadu’s wife: Why I lied about being a kidney donor – Doctor According to Section 2 Subsection 1 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, a person is guilty of human trafficking if they arrange or facilitate the travel of another person (V) with the intention of exploiting V.
It is stated in Section 2 that whether V consents to the travel (whether V is an adult or a child) is irrelevant.
According to the law, “a person who is not a UK national commits an offence under this section if any part of the arranging or facilitating takes place in the United Kingdom, or the travel consists of arrival in or entry into, departure from, or travel within the United Kingdom,” Section 2 Subsection 7 states that “a person who is not a UK national commits an offence under this section.”
According to Section 5 Subsection, a person who commits an offense under Section 1 or 2 is subject to the following penalties: (a) life in prison upon conviction on indictment; b) in the event of a summary conviction, a fine or imprisonment for a maximum of one year.
Unless Subsection 3 applies, a person who commits an offense under Section 4 is subject to the following penalties in Section 5: (a) a maximum of ten years in prison upon conviction on indictment; b)on rundown conviction, to detainment for a term not surpassing a year or a fine or both.
According to Section 3, a person who commits an offense under Section 4 by kidnapping or false imprisonment is subject to life in prison upon conviction on indictment.