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Illegal kidney trade trial opens in central China

(Xinhua)

08:24, August 10, 2012

CHANGSHA, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- A court in central China's Hunan province on Thursday opened the trial of nine people involved in the case of a teenager who sold a kidney in order to buy an iPhone and iPad.

The nine people, including a surgeon, should be held criminally liable for intentional injury, the prosecutors said during the hearing that started at 9 a.m. in the People's Court in Beihu District of Chenzhou.

The people's procuratorate of Beihu District accused defendant He Wei, who had been penniless and frustrated over gambling debts, of seeking financial gain via the illegal kidney trade.

In 2011, He asked Yin Shen to look for donors in online chat rooms. He also asked Tang Shimin to lease an operating room from Su Kaizong, the contractor of the urology department of a local hospital.

Song Zhongyu, a surgeon from a provincial hospital in Yunnan province, removed a kidney from a 17-year-old high school student from Anhui province, surnamed Wang, and transplanted it in a recipient in April last year.

He earned 56,360 yuan (8,861.25 U.S.dollars) in the deal, and Su was given 60,000 yuan, Song 52,000 yuan, Tang 10,000 yuan and Yin 3,000 yuan. Wang was given 22,000 yuan after leaving the hospital.

After returning home and being questioned about where he got the money for an iPhone and an iPad, Wang confessed to his mother that he sold one of his kidneys.

Wang suffered from renal failure after the surgery.

Police apprehended He, Yin, Tang, Song and Su on July 11, 2011, and put another four defendants who assisted in the transplant procedures under residential surveillance on March 5, 2012.

The four placed under residential surveillance included two nurses, a surgical assistant and an anesthesiologist.

After the indictment was read, Wang's attorney requested compensation of 2.27 million yuan.

The court hearing remains underway.

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