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Show Name: Speaking for the Silenced
Episode 7: Organ Trafficking: Part 2
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In this episode of Speaking for the Silenced, we will end a two-part segment discussing organ trafficking. Today, we will focus on a real-life incident of trafficking that occurred in Kosovo in 2008.
Segment 1: Background
- Victim’s name is Yilmaz Altun, located in Pristina, Kosovo
- Fainted in middle of airport due to wound from organ removal
- It was found that the organ donation was conducted a clinic in Pristina called Medicus
- Medicus was a chain of organ trafficking clinics that were designed solely for the purpose of making profit.
- Preyed on the poor and vulnerable
- Crime ring was operated by Lutfi Dervishi and his son, both Kosovo physicians.
- Actual organ removal was conducted by Yusuf Ercin Sonmez, a Turkish surgeon
- The main operators of Medicus had been on the run for some time, evading capture since their operations were exposed in 2008.
- However, a few have been incarcerated
Segment 2: Even more twisted origins
- The Medicus Case has an even more complex twist
- Council of Europe found connections with Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA)
- Terrorist group that sought to seprate Kosovo from Yugoslavia
- The KLA reportedly began organ trafficking in 1999
- People and authorities have even began to suspect that Hashim Thaci, Prime minister of
- So how is the link between Medicus and the KLA established?
- Kidneys harvested from the Serbian captives were transported to Sonmez, the doctor who was involved in the transplants in Medicus
- Public hoped that Medicus could be linked back to the KLA and ex Prime Minister Thaci.
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