Broker in alleged Kidney transplant racket remanded | Daily News

Broker in alleged Kidney transplant racket remanded

Suspect had promised to pay Rs. 5 Mn - Rs. 12 Mn for a Kidney:
Hospital had conducted 52 Kidney Surgeries this year:

A broker, who was arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division in connection with the alleged Kidney transplant racket at a private Hospital in Borella, was ordered to be remanded till December 13 by Colombo Additional Magistrate Rajindra Jaysuriya yesterday. The Magistrate also ordered the Prisons Authority to produce the suspect for an identification parade on the next calling date.

The Magistrate further imposed a travel ban

on six Directors including the Chief Medical Officer of the said hospital.

The Magistrate made this order subsequent to the request made by the Senior Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Piries.Senior Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Piries appearing on behalf of the Colombo Crimes Division informed the Magistrate that the suspect had targeted people from poverty stricken families promising them money in return for their kidneys following surgery at a leading hospital in Colombo.

He also noted that a group including the arrested suspect had promised to pay Rs.5 million- Rs.12 million for a Kidney.

He further pointed out that six people including a woman had donated their Kidneys between August 3 and November 3.

The Complainants mentioned in their complaints that the group had not been given the money as promised.

SDSG Piries further stated that the suspect had acted as a broker between the donor and the recipient of the kidney.

“The said victims visited the hospital on November 17 to obtain that money.

At that time, the group was taken to a place close to All Saints Church in Borella by a Chief Inspector of Police. The aforementioned CI had given Rs.200,000 to each individual and threatened them not to go back to the Hospital and ask for money.

The police officer obtained the signatures from the aforesaid victim people for affidavits without their consents”, Senior Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Piries further added.“A separate investigation has been initiated against the aforementioned Chief Inspector of Police,” Director of the Colombo Crimes Division said.

“One of the complainant mentioned in his complaint that he had given his kidney for transplantation to a well known professor who works as a chief director of the said private hospital.

Accordingly, they promised to pay Rs.9.5 million to his Kidney”, the SDSG added.SDSG Dileepa Piries further highlighted that the said Private hospital had conducted 52 Kidney Surgeries within this year.


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