South African doctors arrested in kidney sale scandal

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 01 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:473
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    Five doctors, some of them from top academic institutions, were arrested and appeared in court on 16 August in connection with charges under South Africa's laws intended to stop illegal trading in human organs.

    The charges have not yet formally been put to the doctors, but the warrants of arrest that were served on them indicate that they face potential charges of fraud and assault and separate charges under the Human Tissue Act. The five doctors were released on bail.

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    Arif Haffajee (left) deputy head of surgery at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and John Robbs, head of surgery, are among the doctors arrested


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