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  (Source: Scary for the Kids)
Likelihood of conviction is estimated to be around 99.9 percent

Nine individuals are on trial in China for buying a kidney from a teenager who was looking for money to buy Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) popular iPad and iPhone.  

The 17-year-old surnamed "Zheng" had no college degree and would have made only around 1-1.5k RMB (CN¥) ($157-236 USD) per month, hence requiring several months of hard work (assuming he could save all his money) to pay for the slick devices.  Instead, the teenager chose to make a rash decision and sold his kidney in an illegal operation to purchase the slick status symbol.  The kidney was transplanted into a person of unknown nationality who has looked to skip donor wait lists via the black market.

When his mother found out, she was furious and retained a lawyer.  Her lawyer is requesting 2.27M RMB (CN¥) (~$357K USD) in compensation.

Prosecutors in the Beihu district court in the inland southeastern province of Hunan said that those involved "should be held criminally liable for intentional injury".  A 2010 U.S. State Department report estimates that 99.9 percent of people who stand trial in China are found guilty.

iPad buyer
A Chinese teen made the ultimate sacrifice for his i-products.  
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Surgeon Song Zhongyu reportedly made 52,000 RMB ($8,175 USD) off the transplant; Su Kaizong, the hospital urology dept. contractor, scored 60,000 yuan ($9,430 USD); and the go-between man He Wei received 56,360 ($8,860 USD).  He Wei is described as a man "penniless and frustrated over gambling debts."

Two other defendants also received smaller cuts -- their role was unclear. Two nurses, a surgical assistant, and an anesthesiologist from the hospital have also been charged for their roles in the operation, though it's unclear how much illegal compensation (if any) they received.  The victim received only 22,000 RMB (CN¥) ($3,460 USD), only about a tenth of the total money scored by the hospital staff.

That takes the defendant total to 9 individuals -- most of which have close ties to the district hospital.

Nine individuals -- mostly medical staff -- have been charged for the illegal operation.
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The hearing has finished and the defendants and prosecutors are now awaiting the verdict, which will almost certainly be "guilty".

Black market organ trade has been widely reported to be occuring in China, but this is one of the first times the issue has received significant attention from Xinhua, China's state-run news agency.

The human body can adapt to the loss of a kidney, but the problem posed by black market operations is that individuals are typically not screened for health risks [source] that could be inacerbated by the donation.  In the worst case, donation from an unhealthy donor could lead to failure of their remaining kidney, illness, and even death.

Source: CNN

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By corduroygt on 8/11/2012 3:45:34 AM , Rating: -1
This is probably what Reoublicans and Libertarians are thinking right now about this story:

- Kid should have known better than to sell his kidney
- No one put a gun to his head and forced him to sell it
- He should be left to die if he doesn't have health insurance...
- It should be a free market for kidneys, too much government regulation in the kidney market
- Waste of government money to pursue this case where both parties were willing.

By Reclaimer77 on 8/11/2012 9:47:50 AM , Rating: 2
Nice trolling. I'm sure there is a huge "Libertarian" movement in Communist China which allowed this incident to take place. /sarcasm

By Schadenfroh on 8/11/2012 10:39:32 AM , Rating: 2
Do not forget the nice invisible caste system where those that have ancestral homes from major cities are little princes and farmers / migrant workers are trash.

Also, Chinese personal vanity is at least on par with American vanity... shark fin soup anyone?

How much longer is China going to refer to itself as communist?

By michael2k on 8/11/2012 10:56:24 AM , Rating: 2
Probably for as long as we refer to ourselves as a republic?

The EU is republic, the US much less so.

By Schadenfroh on 8/11/2012 11:05:43 AM , Rating: 2
The EU is, at best, in the early stages of a confederation.

Our (American) Republic is turning into a full-fledged democracy... voting ourselves more and more of the treasury along the way.

By someguy123 on 8/11/2012 7:39:45 PM , Rating: 2
What are you even talking about? The old royal structures still standing are mostly preserved as works of art. Your average out of date home is being gradually plowed over for highrises.

Chinese vanity is on the same scale, though.

By GotThumbs on 8/11/2012 10:16:32 AM , Rating: 2
Not an issue since he recovered,
Lame joke,
The mother filed suit...for money....not criminal charges. Government is its government who should revoke their medical license for life.

You can't be that stupid since the boy IS olld enough to know better. I ask.....What has happened withself-responsibility in this world? People need to live with the choices they make. PERIOD!

By ritualm on 8/12/2012 11:47:51 AM , Rating: 2
There is money to be made, no matter how illegal and unethical it is. A criminal conviction imposed by the state is merely an opportunity cost.

The Chinese aren't stupid. The country itself might be full of communists, but its people are easily more capitalistic than your ilk this side of the planet. There are more real innovations on iPhone ripoffs and copycats than the real thing. It's a hint - and you still don't get it.

By eagle470 on 8/11/2012 3:50:52 PM , Rating: 1
Actually I'm sure we'd all think he was an idiot.

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