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COSTA RICA-ORGAN TRAFFICKING
Costa Rican authorities detain 3 doctors, 1 Greek citizen in alleged kidney-trafficking ring
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 10, 2013 9:58 PM EDT
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica
Costa Rican authorities have detained three doctors and a Greek citizen as suspected participants in a ring that trafficked kidneys to foreigners.
He said Thursday the Greek citizen has a small pizzeria across the street from the hospital where he recruited donors to sell their kidneys.
Jimenez says the doctors conducted kidney transplant surgeries "with full knowledge that the donors were receiving money in exchange for their organs."
In June, police arrested another doctor and a government official in the same case. That doctor was the chief of nephrology at the hospital where the three detained doctors worked.