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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.
[Image Source: Xinhua]

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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Teenagers are not quite adults.
By Azethoth on 8/12/2012 4:43:38 AM , Rating: -1
Close, but not quite. Also, not super world smart yet. I am ok with taking these kinds of choices out of their hands. Once you hit 21 and get to drink and drive and whatever (not necessarily in combination), sure, let Darwin rule.

On the other hand, dude, he scored an iPad!!!

RE: Teenagers are not quite adults.
By GenZ on 8/12/2012 11:49:58 AM , Rating: 3
On the other hand, dude, he scored an iPad!!!

This is the response that signifies everything wrong with the world. Yes, it was made in jest, but the point that Apple represent such a status symbol that he was willing to give a kidney for it shows what a poor state of affairs the world is in.

RE: Teenagers are not quite adults.
By GenZ on 8/12/2012 11:50:48 AM , Rating: 2
To top it off that's along the lines of why he did it, because he thought his friends and people around him might say that.

RE: Teenagers are not quite adults.
By hughlle on 8/12/2012 12:53:36 PM , Rating: 2
Why 21? Why not 18?

RE: Teenagers are not quite adults.
By StevoLincolnite on 8/12/2012 1:48:17 PM , Rating: 2
I agree.
Age 18 is regarded as the year when a teenager becomes an adult across most of the planet.
It's also the age where you can legally drink, smoke and go clubbing in most countries, but funnily enough not in the USA.

RE: Teenagers are not quite adults.
By Cheesew1z69 on 8/12/2012 1:56:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yet, at 18 in the US, you can go join the military but you can't drink....insane..

RE: Teenagers are not quite adults.
By Spoelie on 8/13/12, Rating: 0
By Cheesew1z69 on 8/13/2012 6:30:47 PM , Rating: 2
Obviously you missed the point.....

By Azethoth on 8/12/2012 4:29:47 PM , Rating: 2
At 18 various countries still withhold some rights from you. I am not aware of restrictions that last past 21. Also, it is all a sliding scale. 12 year olds: definitely not adult. 16 year olds: getting closer and can be tried as adults etc. 18 year olds: very few if any restrictions depending on where you live.

RE: Teenagers are not quite adults.
By probedb on 8/13/2012 6:26:05 AM , Rating: 2
Or 18 in many other parts of the world.

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