Tanzanian man arrested after trying to sell wife’s body parts

2011-03-19 09:54

Dar es Salaam – Tanzanian police said today that they had arrested a man who tried to sell his wife’s head and other body organs, including breasts and genitals.

Police said the man confessed during interrogation to killing his wife to sell her body parts because he heard that human organs were in demand in his Shinyanga region in the north of Tanzania.

“The suspect had a plastic bag and claimed to be carrying pork, but police guards at a bank ... checked the contents and discovered a human head, breasts, genitals and other parts,” said regional police commander Diwani Athumani.

The man, arrested yesterday, would undergo a psychiatric test before trial, police said.

Sale of human body parts is not uncommon in the east African state, where dozens of albinos have been murdered for their body parts. Witch doctors use these body parts to concoct lucky charms.

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