Organ-for-sale syndicate suspects freed for lack of evidence

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PUTRAJAYA: The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has declined to prosecute two suspects in an organ-for-sale racket due to insufficient evidence.

“After a briefing by the investigating officer and having gone through the papers, there is a lack of evidence to frame a charge under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act or for cheating,” a statement from the AGC said.

Police had submitted the investigation paper to the prosecution on Aug 29.

The AGC statement said the decision not to prosecute the suspects was made by a deputy public prosecutor after having given careful consideration to the investigation papers.

“However, we would like to emphasise that the AGC is committed to ensuring that anyone who committed a crime will be prosecuted provided there is sufficient evidence to be placed in the court,” it said.

On Sept 5, The Sun reported that its reporter went undercover to trail suspects through social media who conned people of their savings in an organs-for-sale racket.

With a newly created Facebook page and e-mail address, as well as a freshly registered mobile number, the writer contacted the syndicate which claimed it could arrange organ transplants for a price.

The reporter then worked with undercover police officers to “negotiate” with the syndicate members, on the pretext of getting a kidney for a patient.

The parties involved were a middleman and the kidney donor – a woman named Sya Liza, who claimed she was involved in the syndicate as she was financially strapped.

The middleman initially asked for RM150,000, but the sum was reduced to RM70,000 after the reporter claimed her family was not wealthy.

When the meeting took place in April, a RM10,000 deposit was put on the table, but Sya Liza was a no-show, as according to the middleman she had already donated her kidney to another patient.

He took the money anyway and assured the reporter and an undercover police officer, who posed as her sick cousin, that he would supply another donor in due time.

Police then moved in to arrest the middleman and an accomplice, who were held for 10 days. They were later freed.

According to The Sun, investigations revealed that the middleman and his accomplices were involved in a racket to con people in desperate need of organ transplants.