Spanish police arrest five people over migrant organ scandal

Five people arrested accused of trying to buy an immigrant's kidney in Spain

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Spanish police on Monday confirmed that five people have been arrested on accusations of forcing a needy Moroccan immigrant to sell one of his kidney’s for 6,000 euros.   

A brief statement released by the police said that “The immigrant tried to pull out of the deal while he was undergoing clinical tests, so he was kidnapped, beaten and threatened with death to make him go ahead.”

The person who wanted to buy the impoverished immigrant’s organ was a gang leader who wanted the kidney for his own son who is suffering from a kidney disease.

The statement also said that police officers who dismantled the criminal gang worked together with officials from Germany and Belgium over the past two years to make the arrests in Spain.

According to the Council of Europe, which organised a treaty to fight against human organ trafficking, a 1.2 billion dollar illegal profit is made worldwide every year from organ trafficking.

The international treaty to fight against human organ trafficking was signed by 14 European countries.

Police were reported of the case by Spain’s National Transplant Organization and both parties are expected to hold a press conference on Monday Evening concerning the matter.

TRTWorld and agencies