Cash-for-kidney docs want case dismissed

2011-12-06 11:25

kalahari.com

Durban - Lawyers for the four medical specialists implicated in the “cash for kidney” scandal on Monday filed papers in the Durban’s Commercial Crimes Court to have charges against them dismissed.

Former St Augustine’s hospital employees who were implicated along with the doctors filed similar papers.

Prosecutor Advocate Robert Palmer said the matter was postponed to the end of February 2012 when the State will be expected to respond to the documents the legal teams of both parties have filed in court.

“It will be brought into court for argument and then thereafter the State will decide whether to prosecute or not,” said Palmer.

It has been reported that professors John Robbs and Ariff Haffejee and doctors Neil Christopher and Mahadev Naidoo - along with former St Augustine’s hospital transplant unit employees Malanie Azor and Lindy Dickson - are accused of performing 90 illegal transplant operations at the hospital about eight years ago.

Case 'flimsy'

They are facing charges of fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and contravening the Human Tissue Act.

The doctors’ attorney, Altus van Rensburg, reportedly told a Durban newspaper that his clients are not just known in the country, but around the world.

He reportedly said estimates are that the trial might drag for about a year or two. This means that the accused will be removed from their practices until the finalisation of the trial, which Van Rensburg said was not fair as the case is flimsy.

The scandal has made headlines both locally and internationally after it was discovered that Brazilians allegedly sold their organs for transplants for wealthy Israelis at Netcare St Augustine’s hospital.

Netcare was fined R7.8m in 2010 after pleading guilty to illegally acquiring and transplanting human kidneys at the hospital.

Read more on:    netcare  |  durban  |  health
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
18 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Music

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Debt Collection Consultant - ARE YOU A HUNTER??

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
Hi-Tech Recruitment - Johannesburg
R4 000 - R5 500 Per Month

Road Freight Sales Executive

Cape Town CBD
Communicate Durban Freight

Marketing Campaign Manager – Retail (Brackenfell)

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
West Coast Personnel
R300 000 - R370 000 Per Year

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The quest for understanding has reached a new intense emotional level. The more tempestuous your emotions are, the bigger the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.