News Local Cyprus releases Israeli man wanted for organ trafficking by Russia

Cyprus releases Israeli man wanted for organ trafficking by Russia

An Israeli man wanted by Russia for trafficking human organs was released by Larnaca District Court on Tuesday, after Russian authorities failed to challenge a Cypriot judge who dismissed an extradition request.

The man, a 69 year old, was arrested at Larnaca airport on December 28, 2017, on his arrival from Israel.

Russian authorities had previously secured an international arrest warrant against him for organ trafficking offences that took place between January-July 2006.

A long court battle followed, with Russia seeking his extradition.

However, in January a Larnaca judge rejected the extradition request, arguing that the the man had been already convicted for the same offences in Israel.

According to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) a person has the right not to be tried or punished twice for the same crime on the same facts.

Cypriot authorities waited for 32 days until the deadline for appeal expired and as Russian authorities did not file a motion, the man was released on Tuesday.

According to Phileleftheros, he will be most likely deported back to Israel.

The 69 year old was wanted for organ trafficking offences committed between January and July 2006, while the network was reportedly working through 2010.

Phileleftheros reported that the network sought out potential donors from Turkey and Eastern Europe and paid them up to €12,000 for their organs.

The transplants were taking place in a Pristina, Kosovo clinic.

Top Stories

New covid cases on Thursday are 121, out of 2,530 tests

The Health Ministry on Thursday announced 121 new COVID-19 cases out of a total of 2,530  laboratory tests, taking confirmed infections to 4,051. The break-down...

Greece introduces regional lockdown in north after COVID-19 spike

Greece will impose regional lockdowns on its second-largest city of Thessaloniki and two other regions from Friday after a spike in cases of COVID-19, the...

France attack: Church sexton had throat slit while preparing for Mass

As he did every day, the sexton of the Notre Dame church in the French city of Nice opened up the doors around 8:30...

Man operating motorised parachute seriously injured

A man operating a motorised parachute on Thursday afternoon suffered serious injuries after he fell violently on the ground under circumstances which are investigated. The...

Second covid-19 test by FM Christodoulides negative again

A second coronavirus diagnostic test submitted on Thursday by Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides after one of his close associates was diagnosed with...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...