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Missing kidney lands man in trouble

A Romanian thief has been charged with organ smuggling after a routine prison check revealed he was missing a kidney.

Robert Mihaly, 30, from Cluj, is the first Romanian to be charged in the country with illegal trading in organs.

Police started investigating when they were told of the discovery following the check at Gherla prison.

Mihaly had been sent to jail for theft but during a routine medical examination he told the prison doctor that his kidney had been removed because of medical problems he had.

Authorities were unable to find any hospital records to back up his story and the police investigation found he had sold his kidney in 2001 for more than £10,000 pounds to a woman who has since left the country.

An investigator told the Ziarul daily newspaper: "We connected the man's name to a Romanian woman who was looking for a kidney for a Serb."


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