Director of the Shalimov National Institute of Surgery and Transplantology Yuri Polyachenko admitted that members of the Institute broke the law, carrying out organ transplants abroad.

"I know one thing - they broke the law. The doctors were in a third country, where transplantation is allowed, but they are citizens of Ukraine, so they had no right to do operations. Second, doctors got money for transplants, and third, they did not tell the truth," Polyachenko told a press conference "Law of organ donation: presumption of consent and other pitfalls", ForUm correspondent reports.
He said that to date the Shalimov Institute still holds transplants, but many experts are working with fear. "They are operating, but their hands are trembling".

As reported, three transplant surgeons from the Shalimov Institute were charged under Art. 149 of the Criminal Code (trafficking in human beings and other illegal transfer deals in respect of a human being). According to the police, the doctors were part of the gang, whose members were long engaged in human trafficking from Ukraine to Azerbaijan. The leader was an Israeli citizen without medical training. During the investigation, the doctors were detained.

According to the investigation, 15 of the 25 operations of the Institute doctors made in Azerbaijan, the rest - in Ecuador and Kosovo. Two operations were made directly in the Shalimov Institute.
In October 2011, the Kyiv prosecutor's office completed the investigation and submitted the criminal case to the court.

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