BELGRADE – Kosovo’s Supreme Court ordered retrial to doctors and officials convicted of organ trafficking in the period between 2006 and 2008, reports “Reuters”. EULEX said it was disappointed by the decision of the court.
“The mission expresses disappointment with the outcome of the case ‘Medicus’ in which the the Trial Chamber of the Supreme Court, consisted mostly of local judges, overturned all previous verdicts in areas where the defendants were found guilty,” said EULEX spokeswoman Besa Domi for Reuters.
According to the indictment, in “Medicus” were performed about 30 illegal kidney transplantations in 2008.
Poor people from Turkey, Russia, Moldavia and Kazakhstan sold their kidneys for 10,000 to 15,000 euros, while the recipients, mostly from Israel, paid for organs 80,000 to 100,000 euros for organs, says the agency.
Former owner of the clinic “Medicus” Lutfi Dervisi, otherwise urologist, was found guilty for organized crime and human trafficking in 2013 and was convicted to eight years in prison, his son to seven years.
Four other persons, among whom some officials of the Kosovo Ministry of Health, received lesser sentences.
The Trial Chamber of the Supreme Court, which consists of two local judges and one international, overturned the verdict citing procedural irregularities and ordered a retrial after the accused appealed.