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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.  
[Image Source: The Oatmeal; used with permission]

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.

Surgeons
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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RE: Embrace thy ignorance
By GenZ on 8/12/2012 11:59:30 AM , Rating: 1
Actually it is funny, when you understand why. Its a reference to Apples 'everyone is copying me' Android lawsuits. It's funny because its laughably improbable in anoyone but Apples eyes, amongst other reasons.

I've been on this site only a few hours, so I have no idea of this guys track record, but yeesh, you lot are being a bit harsh at a slightly off-color but funny joke aren't you?


RE: Embrace thy ignorance
By Cheesew1z69 on 8/12/2012 12:08:33 PM , Rating: 3
It's really not funny, sorry. And even more so coming from one of the biggest AppleTrolls on this site.


RE: Embrace thy ignorance
By nikon133 on 8/12/2012 6:25:40 PM , Rating: 2
Well... it does tell us about mental state of common Apple iPrentices, and how strong Jobs is with them. Or in them?

So... it is a bit of funny, though not for intended purpose.


RE: Embrace thy ignorance
By DJ Brandon on 8/13/2012 9:37:16 PM , Rating: 2
It's really not funny, sorry. And even more so coming from one of the biggest AppleTrolls on this site.

I feel like people use Troll as the grab at name to give people when they want to feel smarter than them and have nothing else to say.

I agree it wasn't at all funny. It was not in poor taste though. People need to stop being offended by everything and stop the constant walking on eggshells.


RE: Embrace thy ignorance
By ritualm on 8/12/2012 12:33:58 PM , Rating: 2
Unlike you, I understood the connection, and it's still not funny.

How about that kid being one of YOUR kids?

Now tell me if that is a funny joke.


RE: Embrace thy ignorance
By Tony Swash on 8/12/12, Rating: -1
“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs














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