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France makes organ donation the default choice. Thanks Vivek Jha for the headsup!

theguardian- -January-2-2017theguardian | January 2, 2017
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By Kim Willsher

France introduces opt-out policy on organ donation.

Change in law means consent for organs to be removed is presumed unless person joins official ‘refusal register’...

Convictions for health professionals in Chinese organ trafficking ring busted in 2015

South-China-Morning-Post- -January-1-2017South 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 NewsArab 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

Pakistan tribuneThe 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...

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