Egypt says in­ter­na­tional or­gans net­work ar­rested

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Egyp­tian au­thor­i­ties an­nounced Tues­day the ar­rest of 25 mem­bers of an in­ter­na­tional net­work allegedly traf­fick­ing in hu­man or­gans, in­clud­ing univer­sity pro­fes­sors and doc­tors. “Today at dawn, the largest in­ter­na­tional net­work for trad­ing hu­man or­gans has been cap­tured,” the coun­try’s Ad­min­is­tra­tive Con­trol Au­thor­ity said in a state­ment on its web­site. The net­work “is made up of Egyp­tians and Arabs tak­ing ad­van­tage of some of the cit­i­zens’ dif­fi­cult eco­nomic con­di­tions so that they buy their hu­man or­gans and sell it for large sums of money,” it said. The au­thor­ity, which is re­spon­si­ble for track­ing cor­rup­tion cases in state in­sti­tu­tions, said 25 peo­ple were ar­rested in­clud­ing univer­sity pro­fes­sors, doc­tors, med­i­cal work­ers, own­ers of med­i­cal cen­tres, in­ter­me­di­aries and bro­kers. They were found in pos­ses­sion of “mil­lions of dol­lars and gold bul­lion”, it said. Ten med­i­cal cen­ters and lab­o­ra­to­ries had been searched and the au­thor­i­ties had found doc­u­ments re­lated to the charge and com­put­ers with trad­ing in­for­ma­tion. Egypt’s par­lia­ment passed a law in 2010 ban­ning com­mer­cial trade in or­gans as well as trans­plants between Egyp­tians and for­eign­ers, ex­cept in cases of hus­band and wife. A World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion co­or­di­na­tor at the time, Luc Noel, named Egypt that year as one of the top five coun­tries in il­le­gal or­gan trade. The law aimed to reg­u­late or­gan trans­plants in a bid to curb il­le­gal traf­fick­ing and tourism for such op­er­a­tions.

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