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Former medical director faces more than 140 years in prison in organ trafficking case

Costa RicaInside Costa Rica | October 1, 2014

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Dr. Francisco Mora Palma, the former head of nephrology at the Calderon Guardia Hospital, is facing more than 140 years in prison on charges of illegal organ harvesting and embezzlement, according to an indictment filed with the Criminal Court of San Jose recently obtained by the press.

Authorities arrested Mora Palma on June 18th, 2013 after an investigation revealed his involvement in an apparent transnational organ trafficking network. 

Mora Palma faces more than 140 years in prison – 10 years for each of 14 counts – if convicted only on the charges of human trafficking for the purpose of illegal organ harvesting, according to section 172 of the penal code...

 

Surgeons in audience with the Pope launch SOS against organ trafficking

Chirurghi in udienza dal Papa lanciano SOS contro traffico organi

Papa meetingLa Stampa | September 21, 2014

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English translation courtesy of the DICG, click on the link above to access the original article in Italian.

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"The Holy Father received in audience Professor Ignazio Marino, the mayor of Rome, with surgeons attending a congress on organ trafficking," the Vatican Press Office declared in a statement.

According to news agency ANSA, "the mayor Ignazio Marino, himself a former surgeon, did the honours of the house after the audience this morning with Pope Francis."...

 

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Nell corso dell' incontro, che è durato circa 20 minuti, è stato fatto il punto sul problema del traffico internazionale di organi

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''Il Santo Padre ha ricevuto in udienza il Professor Ignazio Marino, Sindaco di Roma, con alcuni Chirurghi partecipanti al Congresso sul traffico di organi per trapianto,” informa in una nota la Sala Stampa Vaticana.

Secondo l’agenzia ANSA, “a fare gli onori di casa è il sindaco Ignazio Marino, anche lui chirurgo, dopo l'udienza di questa mattina con Papa Francesco.”...

Ways to Reduce the Kidney Shortage

NY times Sep1The New York Times | Sep 1, 2014

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The United States and many other nations are confronting a heart-rending problem: The number of kidneys available for transplants falls far short of the need.

While some argue that the way to reduce the growing shortage is to pay living donors for kidneys, either in cash or government benefits, there are many ways to increase the supply without paying for human organs, which is prohibited by the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act and generally opposed by the World Health Organization...

 

Kidney trafficking gang that ran underground hospital jailed by Beijing court

 South China Morning Post

The South China Morning Post| August 22, 2014

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Fifteen people involved in the black-market organ trade - including doctors - have been sentenced to prison by a Beijing court for harvesting and selling 51 kidneys, the largest haul in recent mainland history.

The group's mastermind, Zheng Wei, 46, was sentenced to 12 years in jail by the No 1 Intermediate People's Court on Wednesday, while 14 other members received terms between 3-1/2 years and nine years, the Beijing Times reported. They were charged with coercing people into selling their organs...

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