Professor Nathan Levitt
Photo: Gil Nehushtan
Dr. Ganya Ziskind
Photo: Gil Nehushtan
Nati Meir

Families of doctors detained in Romania angry at lack of information

Ester Levitt rejects claims that husband, Dr. Ganya Ziskind arrested for egg-trafficking, tried to flee Romania. Bucharest court discusses investigators' request to remand suspects for additional 29 days

The Bucharest Court discussed Wednesday remanding Professor Nathan Levitt and Dr. Ganya Ziskind, both of whom were arrested in connection to the Sabyc Clinic egg-trafficking case, for an additional 29 days, at the police's request. The doctors are suspected of performing multiple illegal artificial inseminations in Romania.


Earlier this week, an appeal filed by the clinic's owners, Dr. Harry Miron and his son Dr. Yair Miron, who were also arrested, was denied.


Ester Leviit, wife of suspect Professor Nathan Levitt, told Ynet, "I can't stand this pressure anymore."


According to Levitt, she has been getting all the updates on her husband's case from the media: "It's unthinkable that the families here are getting updates regarding their loved ones through the media alone. How is it that no one is talking to us? This is really negligent conduct," she said.


Levitt also called on the Foreign Ministry, the Health Ministry and President Shimon Peres to act on the matter, or to at the very least communicate with the families.

Raid over clinic in Bucharest (Photo: AP)


Levitt was furious with reports in the Romanian media suggesting that her husband and Dr. Ziskind were arrested after having attempted to flee the country. "They would never consider escaping. They don't even have their passports. How would they leave Romania?" she said, also adding that the two are "major nerds".


Dr. Ziskind's family is also waiting for information. According to her son, Haim, they were not even informed as to the time of their mother's hearing. "We are connected to the media 24/7 looking for every piece of information. The media is our only way of knowing what's going on with them," he said.


Campaign damage

Meanwhile, the Romanian Parliament Member Nati Meir is complaining that the affair has severely damaged his presidential campaign. He claimed Israelis are now repeatedly under attacked, saying "It's all directed at me being the most senior ranking Israeli in Romania".


"It is beginning to border on anti-Semitism," he told Ynet. Meir also mentioned that his chances of being elected decreased substantially. However, he still intends on becoming president, adding that he was invited to participate in a new reality show for public figures.


Attila Somfalvi contributed to the report


פרסום ראשון: 07.29.09, 17:11
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