Kosovo court puts 3 behind bars in organ trafficking case

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) -- A Kosovo court has found two ethnic Albanians guilty of human trafficking and organized crime in a highly publicized trial against seven people suspected of running an international organ trafficking ring.

A panel of two European Union and one Kosovo judges sentenced Lutfi Dervishi to eight years in prison and his son Arban Dervishi to seven years and three months in prison on Monday for extracting kidneys from poor donors who were lured by financial promises.

A third defendant was jailed for 3 years and another two released on parole for causing grievous bodily harm. Two defendants were acquitted of fraud and abuse of authority. The defendants can appeal the verdicts.

The EU prosecutes sensitive cases since Kosovo's contested 2008 secession from Serbia.

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