March 25th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Maureen Cordero Solano, a police officer who was arrested for her role in an organ trafficking ring, will turn star witness against her co-conspirators as part of a plea deal, according to judicial officials.
Cordero was arrested on June 18th, 2013, along with Dr. José Francisco Mora Palma, who was the head of nephrology at Hospital Calderón Guardia at the time.
Attorney General, Jorge Chavarria, said Cordero was one of those responsible for recruiting kidney donors.
Prosecutors are declining to provide details of the plea bargain reached with Cordero.
The organ trafficking ring allegedly sold kidneys to patients in Israel, according to the Attorney General.
“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 day after the arrests.
Prosecutors said that the organization had branches in Israel and Eastern Europe.