Ten Israelis Arrested For Illegally Harvesting Organs From Destitute Non-Jews
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
After a month long secret investigation by the Fraud Unit of the Israeli police, ten Israelis were arrested on Tuesday on charges that they are part of an illegal organ trafficking ring. They will be arraigned today in Rishon Letzion’s Magistrate’s Court, Ynet reported.
The accused, including at least one physician, allegedly illegally harvested organs from very poor residents of Kosovo and Azerbaijan.
The European Union's Police and Justice Mission in Kosovo told Israeli Police that a Turkish man arrested in Kosovo on unrelated charges claimed that he had a kidney removed by the ring. He said the ring had "thrown [him] out to the street" after they took his kidney, and did not provide medical aftercare.
The ring preyed on destitute people, offering them money in exchange for organs, which were meant to be used in transplant operations abroad. The donors received sums ranging from less than $2,000 to around $10,000.
The ring did not provide the donors with medical care and did not explain the risks involved.
Recipients allegedly paid the ring more than $100,000 for each organ.
A similar Israeli ring had previously operated in Eastern Europe. Police did not indicate whether any of the people arrested Tuesday were members of of that earlier ring.