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Gross penalties for human organ trafficking in new law

Mon, Jul. 24, 2017
CAIRO - 24 July 2017: The recently amended law on human organ transplant includes severe penalties for human organ trafficking and for violating the rules and provisions on organ transplant and transfer.

The House of Representatives approved a proposed law submitted by the government to amend some provisions of Law No. 5 of 2010 on organ transplant on 12 June, 2017.

According to the new law, every person helping or taking part in the transplant process outside licensed medical facilities will receive a rigorous sentence and a fine ranging between LE 500.000 ($ 27,925) and LE 1 million ($ 559,757).

The proposed law entails strict imprisonment and a fine of LE 1 to 2 million for anyone who performs or assists in carrying out a process of organ transfer or transplantation in other than licensed medical establishments. The perpetrator responsible for the actual management of the unlicensed medical establishment shall be punished by the same penalty.

Should the illegal act be committed on a living person, and the doctor is found guilty of involvement in illegal organ transplantation he/she shall be suspended and imprisoned for no more than 10 years.
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