If proven guilty and sentenced to life in jail by a UK court, former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, face life in prison.
Ekweremadu and his wife were detained by the UK Metropolitan Police and accused with bringing a kid into the nation for organ harvesting, according to an earlier report by Anaedoonline.ng.
The police revealed in a statement on Thursday that the two had planned to make it easier for a youngster to enter the nation so that their organs could be taken.
According to the police, an inquiry was started when investigators received a tip in May 2022 about possible violations of the modern slavery statute.
The youngster is in protective custody, according to the police, and its agents are coordinating closely with partners to provide ongoing support.
But under the United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act 2015, the pair may get a life sentence if proven guilty (MSA 2015).
The maximum term under the Act for being found guilty of human trafficking, which includes organ harvesting, is life in prison.
According to the Act, anybody convicted of human trafficking faces a mandatory 12-month jail sentence and/or an infinite fine. The maximum term upon conviction on an indictment, it said, is life in jail.
The act partly reads, “Under s 2, an individual commits an offence if they arrange or facilitate the travel of another with a view to that person being exploited. It is irrelevant whether that person consents to the travel, or whether they are a child or an adult.
“Under s 3 of MSA 2015, exploitation includes: slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour; sexual exploitation (which involves the commission of an offence under s 1(1)(a) of the Protection of Children’s Act 1978 (indecent photographs of children), or Pt 1 of SOA 2003 (eg, rape or sexual assault); removal of organs where a person is encouraged required or expected to do anything which involves the commission of an offence under ss 32 or 33 of the Human Tissue Act 2004 (prohibition of commercial dealings in organs and restrictions on use of live donors); securing services etc by force, threats or deception; securing services etc from children and vulnerable persons (eg, physically or mentally ill or disabled).”
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