Human Traffic Watch

EU opens new probe into human organ trafficking in Kosovo

In Human Trafficking, Organ Trafficking on May 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

On Tuesday, the EU mission (EULEX Kosovo) in the capital Pristina said eight more people are also being investigated for among others the criminal offences of organized crime, trafficking in persons, grievous bodily harm and abusing authorities, in the case of illegal organ trade.

The EU mission said the new probe “is based upon investigations carried out in the Medicus case, as well as further findings during the trial phase.”

Earlier on Monday, an EU-led court in Kosovo jailed two urologists at the Medicus Clinic, director Lufti Dervishi and his son Arban for terms of eight and seven years and three months respectively for “organized crime and human trafficking.”

Three other defendants were sentenced to between one to three years for causing grievous bodily harm when around 30 illegal kidneys were taken out at the clinic in 2008.

The donors, who were from countries such as Moldova, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey, arrived to Pristina believing that they would be paid the promised 15,000 euros for their organs.

The mainly Israeli recipients however paid up to 100,000 euros for the organs.

Source: PRESS TV

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