Convictions for health professionals in Chinese organ trafficking ring busted in 2015
South China Morning Post | January 1, 2017
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By Shi Jiangtao
Sixteen people, mostly medical workers, were convicted of involvement in an organ trafficking ring and sentenced to between two and five years in jail by a court in Shandong on Friday, mainland media reported.
The ring performed illegal kidney transplants at various hospitals and clinics in Jinan, Taian and Feicheng cities since 2014, according to provincial news portal Iqilu.com.
Doctors, nurses among 45 arrested in Egypt for organ trafficking
Arab News | December 6, 2016
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CAIRO: Egypt has uncovered a network accused of illicit international trafficking in human organs, arresting 45 people and recovering millions of dollars in a dawn raid on Tuesday, the health ministry said.
Among those held were doctors, nurses, middlemen and organ-buyers, involved in what the ministry described as the largest organ-trafficking network exposed in Egypt to date.
“The accused who were arrested exploited the economic situation of some Egyptians and the suffering of some patients and their need for treatment to take large financial sums from them, thus breaking the law,” the ministry said in a statement.
It said the investigation, which involved the Health Ministry and Administrative Control Authority, a powerful anti-corruption body, focused on a group of private hospitals and health centers, both licensed and unlicensed, where transplants and organ harvesting took place...
Organ trafficking ring: Police apprehend doctor
The Express Tribune | October 21, 2016
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By Mudassir Raja
RAWALPINDI: The Rawat police have reportedly rounded up Dr Raja Mehmood, allegedly an active member of the organ trafficking ring busted last Saturday in Rawalpindi.
Police investigators on Thursday produced the doctor before a court of law and obtained his physical remand for further investigation, said City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi.
CPO Abbasi said that a special police team had been formed to arrest members of the ring who are still at large including Dr Zahid Iqbal, the ring leader and owner of the Kidney Centre Hospital in Morgah, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Dr Tauseef Ahmed, and cashier Laeeq. The special team was working under the supervision of SP Saddar Circle.
He said that the police team, on a tip off, raided a place in Morgah late on Wednesday and apprehended Dr Raja Mehmood. He was later shifted to Rawat police station for questioning...
Seven years prison for trying to buy a kidney from an undocumented migrant
El Periodico | October 24, 2016
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The Court of Barcelona has sentenced three members of a gang of Serbian origin and a collaborator to prison terms ranging from seven years in prison and four years and six months imprisonment for trying to buy a kidney for 6,000 euros from an undocumented immigrant without economic resources. The organ was destined for one of them. When the donor withdrew their consent, for fear of the consequences of the operation, the gang, accordingly kept the tax, took him against his will to a house, where he was beaten, insulted and berated for not going through with the transplant.
The defendants were convicted of the crime of organ trafficking (six years in prison for three of the defendants and four years for the fourth), but the court has also given them lesser sentences for other crimes, such as coercion and usurpation of civil status. And the intended organ recipient used his brother's [Spanish] residency permit in order to be treated in the Spanish public health system...
La Audiencia de Barcelona ha condenado a penas entre siete años de prisión y cuatro años y seis meses de cárcel a los tres miembros de un clan de origen serbio y a un colaborador que intentaron comprar un riñón por 6.000 euros a un inmigrante sin papeles y sin recursos económicos. El órgano iba destinado a unos de ellos. Cuando el donante se desdijo de su acuerdo, por el temor a las consecuencias de la operación, la banda, según mantuvo el fiscal, lo llevaron en contra de su voluntad a una vivienda, donde le golpearon, insultaron y recriminaron que no siguiera adelante con el trasplante.
A los acusados se les condena por un delito de tráfico de órganos(seis años de cárcel para tres de los acusados y cuatro años para el cuarto), pero el tribunal les ha añadido penas menores por otros delitos, como coacciones y usurpación de estado civil. Y es que el receptor del órgano utilizó el permiso de residencia de su hermano para poder ser atendido en la sanidad pública española...