5 Sentenced for Human Organ Trafficking in Kosovo

World | April 29, 2013, Monday // 20:33|  views

Urologist Lutfi Darvishi. Photo by EPA/BGNES

An EU-led court in Kosovo has found five people guilty in connection with a human organ-trafficking ring.

The five are accused of carrying out dozens of illegal transplants at the Medicus Clinic in the capital, Pristina.

The director of the Medicus clinic, urologist Lutfi Darvishi, was jailed for eight years for organised crime and trafficking in persons. His son, Arban, was jailed for seven years and three months.

Anaesthetist Sokol Hajdini was sentenced to three years in prison and two other defendants received one-year suspended sentences.

Meanwhile two former government officials also charged in the case have been cleared of involvement.

The trade was discovered when a Turkish man collapsed after having one of his kidneys removed at the clinic, the BBC reminds.

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