Israeli Organ Traffickers Arrested



By: BEV SPRITZER  
Published: April 9th 2010
in News » Israel

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Six men were arrested on Tuesday by Israeli police for suspected organ trafficking. The organization offered as much as $100,000 for kidneys transplanted by doctors in poor countries, the BBC reported.

 

Retired army general Meir Zamir, who had won a medal of valour for the Yom Kippur War, was among those connected with the ring.

 

Police began their investigation following a complaint filed by a 50-year old Nazareth woman, who said she had replied to an Arabic ad looking for a kidney in exchange for $100,000. She had gone through with the operation, but was never paid.

 

During their investigation, police found potential donors en route for surgery, some even leaving from Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv.  Several of the organ trafficking victims are still abroad, and will be notified by police of the acts of fraud and the arrested traffickers upon their return.

 

According to police, members of the ring tried to avoid a paper trail by hiding the medical records of the Israeli donors. As such, it has been made difficult for the donors to obtain proper treatment if they became ill following the surgery.

 

Among General Zamir, two Israeli lawyers were arrested in connection with the operation. These lawyers are suspected of forging documents claiming the recipient and donor were related.

 

“We ran an undercover investigation and we were shocked by the proportions of this,” said Police Superintendent Ahron Galor. “These are people that have severe financial difficulties, for whom such a sum (upwards of $100,000) is a dream come true.”

 

The traffickers had advertised online, claiming there was an alternate solution for those who had been waiting years on a list for a kidney transplant.




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