Kosovo - Israeli Arrested In Illegal Organ Trade For Charedi Man

Published on: November 17th, 2008 at 02:01 PM
By: VIN News

Kosovo - An Israeli national has been arrested in Kosovo on suspicion of negotiating an illegal organ transplant, says the Kosovo Police Service (KPS).

According to KPS spokesman Veton Elshani, Moshe Harel was arrested in Priština yesterday afternoon on suspicion of organizing the arrival in Kosovo of a Turkish kidney donor, as well as of the intended recipient, another Israeli national.

This is the fifth arrest so far in the organ transplant case, at the center of which is the Medicus clinic in the Kosovo capital.

Police believe that Harel has brokered other such operations, which was why he frequently traveled between Turkey, Moldova and Israel. His passport has been confiscated and he is obliged to report to the police in person twice a week.

One of the main suspects in the case, the man suspected of performing the organ transplant operation, Turkish doctor Jusuf Erchin Sonmez, is still on the run.

Earlier, the Serbian War Crimes Prosecution said that it would be submitting the complete material in the organ harvesting investigation in Kosovo to the Council of Europe and UN, said a spokesman.

Israeli lawyer Mordechai Tzivin who just came back from Kosovo told VIN News, that the man involved is being helped by his services and he hopes to settle a solution soon. Mr Tzivin also told us that the man who bought the organ is a chardei man from Israel.

Rabbi Chaim Yosef Dovid Weiss the dayan of Antwerp is actively involved to help in the situation.

Mr. Tzvin has represented many people in high profile cases.


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