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Israeli transplant surgeon is arrested for suspected organ trafficking

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39206.395370.4E (Published 10 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:973
  1. Merav Sarig
  1. Jerusalem

    A leading kidney transplant surgeon from Israel has been arrested in Turkey on suspicion of involvement in an illegal organ transplantation ring that performed operations at a private hospital in Istanbul.

    Zaki Shapira, former head of the transplant centre at Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, to the north east of Tel Aviv, was arrested in the course of a gun battle between police and armed robbers at the hospital on 27 April. Turkish doctors and hospital staff were also arrested.

    Turkish sources say that police officers who searched the hospital after the shooting discovered …

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