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Tue, 01/18/2011 - 5:35am
Turkish doctor Yusuf Ercin Sonmez


Turkish doctor Yusuf Ercin Sonmez, a key figure in an alleged network that trafficked in human organs in Kosovo, speaks to the Associated Press in Istanbul, Turkey, late Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. Turkish surgeon who has been suspected of illegal operations in his home country for years and champions Iran, where the government regulates the sale of kidneys for transplants, as a model even though it deviates from global norms. Turkish police arrested Sonmez last week after Interpol issued an alert listing him as a suspect in an international scheme that, according to European Union prosecutors, promised payment to poor, vulnerable people for their kidneys and sold the organs to more affluent patients from Israel, Canada, Germany and other countries for far larger sums. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta)


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