Three suspects were arrested Tuesday by the Israel Police for allegedly running a network for buying and selling organs for transplantation purposes. The three would allegedly find people who needed money, find financially stable people in need of a new organ—a kidney, for instance—and mediate the deal between them.
One of the suspects is Dr. Michael Zis, who had already been suspected of taking part in a similar enterprise in 2007. In that case, he was suspected of performing surgery on patients who had agreed to donate their kidneys in return for payment.
Zis fled Israel, staying in Ukraine for two years, but was extradited back to Israel in 2009. About a year ago, his license to practice medicine in Israel was suspended by the Ministry of Health.