News/Mexico" DOCTOR CHARGED WITH ORGAN TRAFFICKING SURRENDERS ...

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Subject: News/Mexico" DOCTOR CHARGED WITH ORGAN TRAFFICKING SURRENDERS ...
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Sun Jul 02 2000 - 15:43:35 EDT


           DOCTOR CHARGED WITH ORGAN TRAFFICKING SURRENDERS ...

OTC 5/12/00 7:32 PM

Mexico City, May 12, 2000 (EFE via COMTEX) -- A Mexican doctor accused by
journalists of trafficking street children's organs was questioned Friday
by a federal prosecutor after surrendering to Interpol on a local
television program, in which he insisted he was innocent.
    Arturo Gomez Munoz, accused of organ-trafficking in a Spanish Antena 3
television news program, appeared on the Mexican TV Azteca evening news
program, from where he was taken to the headquarters of the International
Police (Interpol) in Mexico City.
    In statement to the evening news program, the doctor denied being part
of an organ-trafficking ring, presumably led by the false priest Martin
Rubio Murillo, as reported in Spain Monday by the Antena 3 program entitled
"Vampires in Mexico."
    Gomez Munoz said that he had been in hiding since Sunday for fear of
being attacked.
    Interpol Mexico director Juan Miguel Ponce Edmonson said that there were
no warrants for the arrest of Gomez Munoz, just a summons to testify,
adding that he had been aggressive when he was picked up at TV Azteca.
    "He was very aggressive against me. He said: 'If something happens top
me, they (the police) will be responsible,' Ponce Edmonson recounted.
    The Interpol chief said Wednesday that his office would ask the Spanish
journalists responsible for the report to testify on the alleged organ
trafficking ring.
    Mexican Health Minister Jose Antonio Gonzalez Fernandez insisted
Thursday that "there is no organ trafficking" in Mexico. EFE

  Agencia EFE S.A.


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