8 arrested in organ transplant scandal updated 8/5/2010 10:16:46 AM ET
KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine's Interior Ministry says four surgeons and four others have been arrested for taking part in a scheme to recruit organ donors from former Soviet countries and transplant the organs into wealthy foreigners.
The head of the ministry's department on human trafficking, Yuriy Kucher, says the scheme was headed by an Israeli citizen who was arrested last month.
Kucher said Thursday that recruiters sought mostly kidneys from people in Ukraine and other countries. Most of those who eventually donated organs were impoverished young women, paid up to $10,000.
WIKI: Organ transplantation in Israel is regulated by two laws passed in 2008. The first law defines "brain death" as an indication of death for all legal purposes, including organ donation. A second law provides financial and other benefits to living donors and outlaws organ trafficking. Despite this, due to the large population of observant Jews in Israel and misconceptions about what is permissible under Jewish law, the rate of organ donation in Israel is significantly lower than in most Western countries.
FBI Operation "Bid Rig" Nabs 44 Suspects in New Jersey Public Corruption, Illegal Organ Transplant and Designer Merchandise Schemes Posted on July 27, 2009
The 44 public officials and other persons arrested in the massive sweep on Thursday by the FBI, the result of efforts by the convicted son of a rabbi, include:
Daniel Van Pelt, State Assemblyman;
Peter Cammarano III, Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey;
Dennis Elwell, Mayor of Secaucus, New Jersey;
Anthony Suarez, Mayor of Ridgefield, New Jersey;
Leona Beldini, Deputy Mayor of Jersey City;
Mariano Vega, President of the Jersey City Council, Commissioner with the Jersey City Housing Authority and Director of Parks, Engineering and Planning for Hudson County, New Jersey;
L. Harvey Smith, President of the Jersey City Council and former State Assemblyman;
Lou Manzo former State Assemblyman;
Edward Cheatam, Jersey City Housing Authority Commissioner and Hudson County Affirmative Action officer;
Michael Schaffer an employee of the North Hudson Sewerage Authority and former Hoboken Councilman;
John Guarini, city taxi inspector and former 13th District Congressional candidate
Denis Jaslow, former 32nd District State Senate candidate;
Guy Catrillo, Michael J. Manzo and LaVern Webb Washington, former Jersey City City Council candidates;
Richard Greene, former aide to L. Harvey Smith;
Joseph Cardwell, Jack Shaw, political operatives;
Also Moshe Altman, Charles Amon, Joseph Castagna, Schmulik Cohen, Levi Deutsch, Yeshayahu Ehrental, Mordchai Fish, Yolie Gertner, David S. Goldhirsh, Shimon Haber, Eliahu Ben Haim, Itzak Friedlander, Saul Kassin, Maher A. Khalil, Ron Manzo, Edmond Nahum, Abraham Pollack, Levi Izhak Rosenbaum, Lori Serrano, Jack Shaw, Vincent Tabbachino, Jeffrey Williamson, Lavel Schwartz, Binyomin Spira, Naftoly Weber and Arye Weiss.
As reported by various sources here, here and here, the arrests were part of a 10-year, two-track investigation by the FBI, code named “Bid Rig” which uncovered three criminal schemes: bribery of public officials; an international money laundering ring operating between Deal, New Jersey, and Israel; and trafficking in illegal kidneys and Gucci bags.
Killing Falun Gong Practitioners for Profit Last Updated: May 19, 2010
• Since June, 2007, Chinese patients have been given priority access to organ transplants, taking precedence over foreigners.
• Websites in China which formerly advertised prices and short waiting times for transplants have disappeared. Matas and I have archived the sites, but the sites are no longer visible from their sources.
• The government of China now accepts that this sourcing of organs from prisoners is improper. Deputy Health Minister Huang Jeifu, at the time of the announcement of an organ donor pilot project in August 2009, stated that executed prisoners "are definitely not a proper source for organ transplants".
• Taiwan has banned the visit of Chinese doctors brokering organ transplants.
• The major transplant hospitals in Queensland, Australia have banned the training of Chinese surgeons.
• Israel has passed a law banning the sale and brokerage of organs and has ended funding through the health insurance system of transplants for their nationals in China.
• Belgian senator Patrik Vankrunkelsven and Canadian Member of Parliament Borys Wrzesnewskyj have each introduced into their respective Parliaments extraterritorial legislation banning transplant tourism. Both would penalize any transplant patient who receives an organ without consent of the donor where the patient knew or ought to have known of the absence of consent.
• The World Medical Association has entered into an agreement with the Chinese Medical Association that organs of prisoners and other individuals in custody must not be used for transplantation unless the recipients are members of their immediate family.
• The Transplantation Society has opposed both the transplantation of organs from prisoners and the presentations of studies involving patient data or samples from recipients of organs or tissues from prisoners.
Focus on Israel: Harvesting Haitian Organs Tue, 2010-01-26 23:17
"....Israeli organ harvesting - sometimes with Israeli governmental funding and the participation of high Israeli officials, prominent Israeli physicians, and Israeli ministries - have been documented for many years. Among the victims have been Palestinians."
Nancy Scheper-Hughes is a UC Berkeley Professor of Medical Anthropology, founder of Organ Watch, author of scholarly books and articles on the subject, and "unflinchingly honest in (citing) the Israeli connection." ...
Israeli "Transplant Tourism"
Rich Israelis take advantage, availing themselves of what's called "transplant tourism," traveling wherever a needed organ can be found, sometimes from fresh corpses, usually from the desperately poor.
The Israeli government acts as facilitator, providing subsidies of up to $80,000 for "transplant holidays." According to Scheper-Hughes, Israeli officials exhibit "amazing tolerance....toward outlawed 'transplant tourism.' "
She said the Israeli Ministry of Defense is involved in a practice by which "bodies are broken, dismembered, fragmented, transported, processed, and sold in the interests of a more socially advantaged population....," Israel engaging in more of this globally than any other nation.
Its medical teams apparently are doing it in Haiti, exploiting fresh corpses and the living. The Manar TV cited You Tube said "there are people operating in Haiti who do not have a conscience and are members of the search and rescue teams, including the Israeli occupation forces," far from home harvesting Haitian organs, and the pickings are plentiful.
Baroness Tonge fired over outburst against Israeli soldiers in Haiti Baroness Tonge, a Liberal Democrat frontbencher, has been sacked after calling for an inquiry into allegations that Israeli soldiers supporting the relief effort in Haiti had been involved with organ-trafficking. 7:30AM GMT 13 Feb 2010
Party leader Nick Clegg removed Lady Tonge as a Lib Dem health spokeswoman in the Lords on Friday, describing her remarks as ''wrong, distasteful and provocative''.
It is the second time she has been fired for making controversial comments about Israel.
The latest row followed accusations in the online Palestine Telegraph - of which Lady Tonge is a patron - that members of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) had been harvesting body parts in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.
Secret documents show Canadian interference in Haiti April 15, 2011
According to internal documents examined by the Canadian Press this month, Canadian officials feared a post-earthquake power vacuum could lead to a "popular uprising". Obtained through access-to-information legislation, one briefing note marked "Secret" explains, "Political fragility has increased the risks of a popular uprising, and has fed the rumour that ex-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, currently in exile in South Africa, wants to organize a return to power." The documents also explain the importance of strengthening the Haitian authorities ability "to contain the risks of a popular uprising."
To police Haiti's traumatized and suffering population 2,000 Canadian troops were deployed (alongside 10,000 American soldiers). At the same time several Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Teams in cities across the country were readied but never sent because, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon noted, "the government had opted to send Canadian Armed Forces instead." www.rabble.ca/news/2011/04/secret-documents-show-canadian-interference-haiti
The governments of Mexico, Canada, and U.S. all agreed to contribute funds and personnel, with IICA directing, but only after the USDA had committed itself. The government of Mexico was later unable to fulfill its entire commitment due to its battle with inflation. (They contributed what they had promised, but the peso had since been severely devalued.) The Canadians contributed a mere $700,000 due to a very reasonable failure of spirit, and the belief that eradication attempts would not be successful. (CIDA, the Canadian department of agriculture, had been severely "burned" in earlier projects in Haiti, and had received a lot of bad press at home because of it. They were the first to describe Haitian government as a "kleptocracy"). Before the eradication and repopulation program ended, the U.S., through different agencies, contributed $30 million. www.webster.edu/~corbetre/haiti/misctopic/pigs/gaertner.htm
China’s Execution, Inc. The People’s Republic Has Long Been Suspected of Selling Organs From Prisoners. Now One New York Doctor Knows the Rumors Are True. Tuesday, May 1 2001
Three years ago, Dr. Thomas Diflo's moral nightmare walked into his examination room: a patient freshly implanted with a kidney bought from China's death row, where prisoners are killed—sometimes for minor offenses—and their organs harvested. All guts, no glory: Dr. Thomas Diflo, the first American doctor to talk publicly about the issue
Since then, Dr. Diflo, director of the renal transplant program at the New York University Medical Center, has seen half a dozen such people, typically young Chinese American women. The surgeon says his patients weren't distressed about snatching organs from the condemned, but he was overwhelmed by the implications.
Unable to shoulder the burden alone, on January 11, Diflo took his "horror at a real ethical quagmire" to the medical center's Ethics Committee.
- In China, human rights groups say, citizens have been executed for nonviolent offenses like taking bribes, credit card theft, small-scale tax evasion, and stealing truckloads of vegetables. Political dissidents have also been sentenced to death. Chinese embassy officials did not respond to requests for comment, but in the past the government has denied promoting the for-profit organ trade.
- The trafficking of human organs from Chinese executions to American residents is "something we've always known was going on but something we've never been able to document," says an American investigator working for the Laogai Research Foundation, a group founded by renowned human rights crusader Harry Wu and named for the gulags of China.
Kosovo organ trafficking case "gains new dimension" Source: RTS, Tanjug Monday 23.01.2012 | 16:24
BELGRADE -- Deputy War Crimes Prosecutor Bruno Vekarić said Monday that the investigation into human organ trafficking in Kosovo was "gaining a new dimension".
A resolution is in sight, he told state broadcaster RTS in Belgrade on Sunday, and commended Russia's reported involvement in the probe.
According to the daily, in his statement before the Canadian authorities, Ratel, who works as an investment consultant in Toronto, gave a detailed account of the kidney transplant he underwent at the Priština clinic.
Fain, who suffered from grave kidney problems, was notified in 2008 by his cousins from Israel that "a certain agreement can be reached as regards kidney transplants in Kosovo".
He was introduced to Moshe Harel whom the authorities described in the indictment as the mediator of Turkish doctor Yusuf Sonmez.
We started this segment with a clip from from news coverage of a high-profile case of apparent organ trafficking in Kosovo. It all began in 2008 when a young Turkish man collapsed at the Pristina Airport. He told authorities that someone had stolen his kidney. He led police to the Medicus clinic. Police now believe the clinic to be the hub of an organ trafficking ring.
Seven people are standing trial, including a former government health official. They're accused of luring impoverished Russians, Moldovans and Turks to sell their kidneys with promises of big cash pay outs. Authorities say the promises were false. But there is lots of cash involved. The police believe the clinic received up to $200,000 per operation from foreigners willing to pay for a new organ.
Jonathan Ratel is spearheading the case against the accused. He is a Canadian lawyer serving as the special prosecutor for the European Union. He joined us from Pristine Kosovo.
Phone Logs Reveal Top Chinese Officials’ Knowledge of Organ Harvesting Last Updated: May 4, 2012
EG: It confirms some points we knew. Liaoning Province was a harvesting center. Military bases, and presumably, military hospitals, were used as detention bases. As we surmised through Wang Lijun’s oversight of thousands of transplant operations, Bo Xilai was involved.
It also helps to confirm something we strongly suspected. We know China is a surveillance state and military hospitals are no exception. Thus the PLAC had to know. Well, as Li Changchun says: “Zhou Yongkang is in charge….He knows it.”
China's hi-tech 'death van' where criminals are executed and then their organs are sold on black market
UPDATED: 23:14 GMT, 27 March 2009
Death will come soon for Jiang Yong. A corrupt local planning official with a taste for the high life, Yong solicited money from businessmen eager to expand in China's economic boom.
Showering gifts on his mistress, known as Madam Tang, the unmarried official took more than £1 million in bribes from entrepreneurs wanting permission to build skyscrapers on land which had previously been protected from development.
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Insight: China's Bo exits stage left in succession drama BEIJING | Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:59am EDT The astounding antics of his long-time aide, Vice Mayor Wang Lijun, threatened to spoil parliament's show of unity and Bo's run for a place in the party's innermost circle of power... Wang's flight to the U.S. consulate in Chengdu on February 6 was not confirmed until later by the Chinese and U.S. governments. But the intense security surrounding the consulate prompted an outpouring of Internet speculation that made it impossible for party leaders to hush up the scandal. www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/23/us-china-bo-idUSBRE82M0CV20120323
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