Five people are arrested in Spain’s first case of attempted organ trafficking

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 31 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2426
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

Five people have been arrested by Spanish police on charges of being involved in the first case of organ trafficking to be highlighted in the country.

One of those arrested is Hatem Akouche, a wealthy 61 year old Lebanese mayor with liver cancer, who offered €40 000 (£33 000; $55 000) to nine undocumented migrants for a portion of their liver, say official reports.

The arrests came after a 2012 complaint from a local non-governmental organisation in Valencia that knew about the case through one of the migrants, …

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