The Counsel appearing for the defence of the Indian nationals who had their kidneys surgically removed in Sri Lanka, told Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya yesterday that around 1,200 Indians had donated kidneys in Sri Lanka within the last three years and done so in accordance with the prevailing laws of the country.
Six out of the eight Indians arrested for overstaying without valid visas have donated their kidneys after having surgically removed them in Sri Lanka during the last three years, counsel for the Indian nationals informed Court.
Defence Counsel Lakshan Dias appearing on behalf of the Indian nationals informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate that the kidney removal surgeries were carried out within the framework of Sri Lanka Laws, with the approval of the Director General of Health Services from 2013 to 2015.
He said kidney surgeries in respect of his clients had been carried out by highly-trained surgeons at leading private hospitals in Sri Lanka.
However, Colombo Crimes Division OIC Chief Inspector Neville Silva informed that they were conducting further investigations to ascertain the suspects involved in the kidney racket as third parties.
Accordingly, eight Indians who were allegedly involved in a kidney racket involving Indians and Sri Lankans were ordered to be further remanded till April 18.
Meanwhile, Court ordered Prison authorities that the suspects be kept at the Mirihana Detention Centre.
On a previous occasion, the CCD informed Court that six out of eight Indians have sold one of their kidneys at Rs. 500,000 each.
The CCD further said the suspects are being questioned with the assistance of Indian High Commission officials through a Telugu language translator.
The CCD further told Court they were able to seize 286 documents and 26 rubber seals from the possession of the eight suspects and these documents will be sent to India through Interpol.