Police in Cyprus have arrested an Israeli man described as the ringleader of a world-wide organ trafficking network that operated out of the tiny Balkan country of Kosovo several years ago.
Moshe Harel is accused of luring donors from eastern Europe, Turkey and the former Soviet Union to Kosovo, promising to pay them 12,000 euros ($14,500) for a kidney. He then allegedly charged people (most of them Israelis) in need of a kidney as much as 100,000 euros for the implant.
Both Kosovo and Russia have issued warrants for Harel’s arrest. Kosovo has requested his extradition; it’s not clear if Russia has done likewise.
“Based on an international arrest warrant the suspect M.H. was arrested a few days ago in Cyprus,” said police spokesman Baki Kelani. “He has been a wanted person since 2010.”
Israeli police arrested Harel in 2012 in a related investigation but he was never extradited to Kosovo because the two …