An interpreter tried to persuade doctors at a hospital to approve an illegal kidney transplant for the daughter of a wealthy Nigerian politician, who it is claimed plotted to transport a street trader to the UK to harvest the organ, a court has heard.
Evelyn ‘Ebere’ Agbasonu allegedly asked for payment of £1,500 to help secure the £80,000 private kidney transplant for the alleged recipient Sonia Ekweremadu, 25, at the Royal Free Hospital in north London in February 2022.
Jurors at the Old Bailey heard of Ms Agbasonu’s role during the trial of Ike Ekweremadu, 60, who is alleged to have conspired with family members and others to exploit the 21-year-old street trader from Lagos in harvesting his kidney.
The then-deputy president of the Nigerian is on trial alongside his wife Beatrice Ekweremadu, 56, their daughter Sonia and medical ‘middleman’ Dr Obinna Obeta.They all deny conspiracy to arrange the travel of another person with a view to exploitation.
Sonia had a ‘significant and deteriorating’ kidney condition which could be managed through dialysis but cured with a transplant.
Ike Ekweremadu, 60, is on trial alongside his wife Beatrice Ekweremadu, 56, their daughter Sonia, 25.All three deny conspiracy to arrange the travel of another person with a view to exploitation
The prosecution claims the procedure was not legal as the potential organ donor was a street trader from Lagos who had no altruistic motive or family connection with the recipient.
The Old Bailey has been told it was a ‘transactional’ deal, with the man to be paid up to 3.5m Naira, the equivalent of £7,000,for the harvesting of his body part and the promise of opportunities in the UK.
He was tested in Nigeria and found to be a match for Sonia before being brought to the UK.
The jury heard that Ms Agbasonu, who worked as a medical secretary at the clinic and spoke Igbo, stepped in to interpret during an initial meeting on February 24 between Dr Peter Dupont and the donor from Nigeria.
The consultant had concluded the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was not an appropriate candidate and appeared relived that the transplant would not take place.
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Mr Ekweremadu’s brother Diwe, who had medical training, eVden EVE NaKliYaT allegedly sent Sonia Ekweremadu advice from the interpreter to show a clear family connection with the donor.
Ike, a former barrister, is a member of the centre-right Peoples Democratic Party and was the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate for three consecutive terms
Beatrice (pictured) said the donor had been found via a third party. She stated that she was ‘devastated’ when further tests after his arrival in the UK found he was not a match
He allegedly said: ‘Ebere said it would be easier to establish that his mum and your mum are sisters.If we stretch it to the grandmum and eVdEn eve nakliYAT grandmum the relationship will be too distant.’
Ms Ekweremadu allegedly replied with: ‘Ok, that’s fine.’
Diwe then allegedly laid out a financial agreement with her father, saying: ‘I’ve met the Igbo interpreter.She agreed to work with us. She will be involved in coaching the boy, and during his consultation and interviews she will be providing the relevant interpretation.
‘She insisted that I give her £1,500. I think the just position themselves to exploit people.’
It is claimed the potential donor was told to pretend to be Sonia’s cousin.
Diwe is also alleged to have said: ‘We had a meeting today with her so I’ve introduced her to Chinoso (Sonia) and (the donor).She advised that (the donor) comes to the hospital on Tuesday and Thursday while Chinoso (Sonia) is having her dialysis.
‘Psychologically everyone in the team will have to accept that he’s really committed to his cousin’s health and it usually makes it easier to accept the person for the procedure.’
Prosecutor Hugh Davies KC suggested to the court the messages demonstrated the opposite of an altruistic organ donation.
Ike has denied all the allegations and said he had not arranged the travel of anyone to the UK
Beatrice Ekweremadu (fron) and Sonia Ekweremadu (behind) at the Old Bailey
The court heard that the potential donor and interpreter attended a meeting with a surgeon at the hospital on March 11.
After the meeting, EVDeN eVE nakLiyAt Diwe allegedly messaged Ms Ekweremadu’s father, saying: ‘I have spoken with (the interpreter).She said the boy did better today but he’s still showing so much timidity.
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But, the surgeon agreed with the initial assessment made by Dr Dupont that the donor was unsuitable. Ms Ekweremadu was informed of the decision on March 29.
Mr Davies told the court the interpreter was also involved in Dr Obeta’s own transplant.
The jury heard that Dr Obeta, also on trial with the family, had secured a kidney transplant at the Royal Free Hospital in 2021, with a donor purporting to be his cousin.
Mr Davies told jurors an affidavit was the only evidence of a relation between the two men.
‘Whatever the truth of any of that, the basis of his transplant process provided a clear model for what Sonia needed in her moment of crisis,’ he told the court.
Jurors heard that Dr Obeta had trained at medical school with Diwe, who remains in Nigeria and is not on trial.
Medical ‘middleman’ Dr Obinna Obeta (pictured) is also on trial with the family at the Old Bailey
Ike Ekweremadu (left) and wife Beatrice Ekweremadu (right) are on trial at the Old Bailey
A look at the day ahead in U.S.and EvDen eVe NaKliyAt global markets from Mike Dolan.
A hail of mega corporate updates distracted stock markets from a confusing macro picture — but offers little more clarity with scattergun fortunes and ambiguous readouts for eVDEn EvE naKliyat the wider economy.
Shares in Walt Disney surged 6% ahead of Thursday’s open after the firm announced a sweeping restructuring under reinstated CEO Bob Iger and cut 7,000 jobs — 3.6% of its workforce — in an effort to save $5.5 billion and make its streaming business profitable.
Disney’s job shedding is yet another sign that January’s red-hot U.S.employment reading may not be the full picture as company apes many big tech and eVDEN Eve NakliYAt digital firms in downsizing its staff this year.
The share price reaction, however, was in contrast to the bizarre Alphabet swoon on Wednesday.
Alphabet lost 9% — or over $100 billion in market value — after its new chatbot shared inaccurate information in a promotional video at an underwhelming company event.The flub fed worries that the Google parent is losing ground to rival Microsoft in the renewed craze around artificial intelligence.
Fears over ailing Swiss bank Credit Suisse dominated in Europe. Its shares dropped 5% after it reported its worst annual loss since the 2008 global financial crisis and warned of a further «substantial» loss this year.The mood didn’t improve even as it marked out another step towards creating a standalone investment bank by buying Michael Klein’s advisory boutique for $175 million.
For inflation worriers, consumer goods firms bear close watching.Unilever said on Thursday it would continue to raise prices for its detergents, soaps and packaged food to offset rising input costs but the pace of price rises was slowing and would ease up more in the second half of 2023.
Price increases would continue in the second half «but it will be a lower rates of increases…we are probably past peak inflation, but not yet past peak pricing,» finance chief Graeme Pitkethly said.
That disinflation drum continued to beat in Germany, where consumer prices inflation fell more than anticipated last month, easing back below the 10% expected to 9.2% on the year.
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Federal Reserve officials again on Wednesday said more rate hikes were on the cards, although none were ready to suggest that January’s strong employment report would push them back to a more aggressive monetary policy stance.
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The share in troubled Indian giant Adani took another negative twist.Financial index provider MSCI said some Adani securities should no longer be designated as free float, after market participants raised concerns about the eligibility of the Indian conglomerate’s companies for some of its indexes.
Norway’s $1.35 trillion sovereign wealth fund said it had recently divested virtually all its remaining shares in the Adani group.
Key developments that may provide direction to U.S. markets later on Thursday: * U.S. weekly jobless claims * Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey, European Central Bank board member Luis de Guindos speak * European Union summit * U.S. Should you have just about any queries concerning where along with the way to make use of evDeN Eve NAkliYat, you possibly can email us in our own web-page. Treasury auctions 30-year bond * U.S.
corp earnings: AbbVie, PepsiCo, S&P Global, PayPal, Apollo, Hilton, Expedia, News Corp, Ralph Lauren, Lyft, Kellogg, Motorola Solutions, Mohawk Industries, Philip Morris, Huntington Ingalls, Duke Energy, Wills Towers Watson
(By Mike Dolan; email@example.com.Twitter: @reutersMikeD)
Chilling CCTV footage shows a two-year-old girl being carried by an adult in a sling carrier just hours before her ‘suspicious’ death.
The child of Jessica and Adam Hanbury, who has not been named, died on December 29 after being taken to hospital in Mackay, .
Her death is being treated as ‘suspicious’ with police setting up an incident centre to treat the case as a ‘serious investigation’ of the ‘highest priority’.
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Chilling CCTV footage shows a two-year-old girl being carried by an adult in a sling carrier just hours before her ‘suspicious’ death.Seen right on woman’s back
The child of Jessica and Adam Hanbury, eVden Eve naKLiYaT who has not been named, died on December 29 after being taken to hospital in Mackay, Queensland.The couple are pictured
Detectives are hoping to speak to people in the footage, as well as any who visited Coles Supermarket on the same street between 4pm and 5.30pm that afternoon.
The faces of the Hanbury family have been blurred in the footage, police said.
The two-year-old had four older siblings.
The family of seven had moved to Mackay, 970km north of , in early 2020 and settled in the town’s north.
Queensland Police Detective Acting Inspector Chris Eaton has previously said the little girl was unwell in the days prior to her death.
Police have not confirmed if she was sick or injured.
Her death is being treated as ‘suspicious’ with police setting up an incident centre to treat the case as a ‘serious investigation’ of the ‘highest priority’.The child is seen right
Police are looking to speak to anyone who may have seen the two-year-old at the Chemist or Coles supermarket
The little girl was being carried by an adult who was accompanied by several other children — who have been blurred in the footage
A family friend said Mr Hanbury was at work when he received news of his daughter’s hospitalisation.
‘He didn’t have a car so he borrowed mine and evDEN EVE NAkLiyAT rushed to the hospital where his wife was,’ he told the .
‘I drove them home at 3am.’
Detectives from Mackay Child Protection and Investigation Unit with the assistance of the Child Trauma Unit, Crime and Intelligence Command are investigating the sudden death of the girl.
Detectives from Mackay Child Protection and Investigation Unit with the assistance of the Child Trauma Unit, Crime and Intelligence Command are investigating the sudden death of the girl and are hoping those shopping can help
Detectives are hoping to speak to people in the footage, EVDeN EVe nAkliYat as well as any who were at the Coles Supermarket on the same street between 4pm and 5.30pm that afternoon