Doctors and professors among 25 alleged human organ smugglers arrested in Egypt

first_img 4 Comments MEMBERS OF AN international network of alleged organ smugglers including professors and doctors have been arrested in Egypt.The country’s Administrative Control Authority said 25 people had been captured after a long-running investigation.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 centres 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.According to the United Nations, hundreds of poor Egyptians sell their kidneys and livers each year to be able to buy food or pay off debts.In 2012, then UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres said  some migrants in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula were being “killed for the traffic of organs”.- © AFP, 2016Read: Watch as buses, a police car and a salt truck pile up on an icy Canadian hill >Read: ‘The full veil must be banned… wherever legally possible’: Merkel wants a burqa ban in Germany > Share71 Tweet Email2 By AFP Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3123139 6,307 Views Image: AP/Press Association Images Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 6:15 AM Dec 7th 2016, 6:15 AM Image: AP/Press Association Images Doctors and professors among 25 alleged human organ smugglers arrested in Egypt Egyptian authorities said they had arrested last_img

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