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China jails gang behind 'iPhone-for-kidney' case: Report

Published on Nov 29, 2012 10:52 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - China jailed seven people, including a surgeon, on Thursday over the case of a teenager from one of the country's poorest areas who sold his kidney and bought an iPhone and an iPad 2, state media reported.

High school student Wang Shangkun, 18, suffered renal failure after receiving an illegal transplant operation in April last year, Xinhua news agency said.

He had agreed to sell one of his kidneys after meeting the gang through an online chatroom and received 22,000 yuan (S$4,334) for the organ, although it was sold on for almost 10 times that amount.

A total of nine defendants were found guilty of intentional injury, although two did not face punishment because of their minor roles in the crime, Xinhua said.

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