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Medical chief at Costa Rica state hospital arrested as part of organ trafficking investigation

doctors performing Kidney transplant

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June 19th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) A chief doctor at a Costa Rican government-ran hospital was arrested yesterday on suspicion of being part of an international organ trafficking network which specializes in selling kidneys to patients in Israel, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

 

Attorney General Jorge Chavarria told the press that the arrested is Francisco Mora Palma, head of Nephrology at Calderon Guardia Hospital, one of the largest state medical centers in the country.

 

“The patients who required the transplants were in Israeli territory, and some of the (trafficking) victims [had their kidney removed] here and others were transported to Israel.  We have information that at least one person died after being operated on in Israel,” Chavarria said.

 

The prosecutor explained that the organization has branches in Israel and Eastern Europe, though did not elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.

 

Authorities have identified at least three Costa Ricans who were paid in exchange for one of their kidneys.

 

In addition to Mora Palma, authorities have arrested a police officer identified by the last names Cordero Solano, who collaborated with the doctor to identify possible donors.

 

Besides the Calderon Guardia Hospital, authorities raided other locations, including two private clinics where transplants were conducted.

 

“This is extremely serious,” the prosecutor said, urging those who were trafficking victims to come forward to authorities without fear of losing the money they were paid.  “What we need is information to dismantle this organization,” he said.

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  • jdennisg

    Upon conviction, they should remove a kidney from each person convicted of this crime, and donate it. Then jail them for life.

    • barry07

      Donate both kidneys.

    • Aaron C.

      antisemitic

  • Robert Paul

    How can it be illegal to sell something that is legal to give away?

    • Hmmmm

      Have you not heard about the people who are kidnapped only to have their organs harvested to feed the demand? The problem is the supply chain isn’t always voluntary, and unscrupulous doctors who get paid bucket-loads of money don’t give a d*** where the organs come from.

      • Robert Paul

        Then criminalize those who kidnap and harvest. Dont criminalize those who choose to sell their own organs,

  • Aaron C.

    this hate-news just makes me sick …You people are just antisemitic, one Israeli worth more than all of you, …and your hatred will get you nowhere ,,

    • ralphie44

      we are coming soon, parasite.

      • Aaron C.

        We own the most powerful military in the world “by far” … so …by all means .. you are welcome to “try” to come …

        • ralphie44

          The most powerful welfare state in the world… since 1948!!

  • Ajax

    This scandal was also denounced as “volunteers” Jews were “helping” the victims of the earthquake in Haiti

    • ralphie44

      You mean “announced”?

      Yes, the usual “we are here to help” lie to cover what the vampires actually have in mind. The apostle Paul was dead right when he described them as the enemy of all mankind.