Five doctors have been sentenced to jail by an EU-Kosovo court for illegally harvesting and trafficking human organs.
The panel of two European Union judges and one Kosovo judge sentenced Urologist Lutfi Dervishi to eight years in prison for "organized crime and human trafficking," the judge said in the verdict; his son Arban Dervishi got seven years and three months.
Three others were given between one and three years in prison.
The doctors were found guilty of recruiting people from Eastern Europe and Asia to their Medicus Clinic in Pristina, promising them 15,000 euros ($19,630) for their organs.
Former Kosovo health minister Ilir Rrecaj — who admitted during the trial that he knew that illegal kidney transplants were carried out at the Medicus clinic in 2008, but denied covering them up — was acquitted, as was another government official.
The EU helps prosecute sensitive cases with Kosovo since the country seceded from Serbia in 2008. The organ trafficking case began in 2011.
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