EU in Kosovo launches new organ trafficking probe

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A European Union prosecutor in Kosovo says a new probe into illegal organ trafficking has begun just days after five people were found guilty of running a criminal ring that lured poor people from Eastern Europe into selling their kidneys to rich recipients.

Prosecutor Jonathan Ratel said Thursday that evidence emerged during the trial of seven citizens, five of whom were convicted this week of performing 24 illegal kidney transplants in a private clinic. He said there could be more suspects.

Urologist Lutfi Dervishi was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison and his son Arban Dervishi received seven years and three months in prison. A third defendant, Sokol Hajdini, was sentenced to three years. Two other people received suspended sentences and two were freed.

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