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Russia's Supreme Court upheld the not guilty verdict for four Moscow doctors, accused of illegal transplantation of human organs
Russia's Supreme Court upheld the not guilty verdict for four Moscow doctors, accused of illegal transplantation of human organs. The Supreme Court thereby refused to meet the appeal by prosecutors who had asked to overturn the verdict passed last year. Prosecutors on Thursday did not rule out a new appeal. On November 2, 2005, the Moscow City Court acquitted deputy chief of the resuscitation unit of Moscow's city hospital No. 20, Irina Lirtsman, the unit's physician Lyubov Pravdenko, and two transplant surgeons of Moscow's Coordination Center of Organ Donation, Pyotr Pyatnichuk and Bairma Shagdurova because "of a lack of corpus delicti." They were charged with planning to resect kidneys of a patient before his death. Lirtsman was also charged of abuse of office. The court ruled that "the patient died at a resuscitation unit of the hospital, which experts confirmed in their conclusion," and that the doctors "had done everything necessary to revive the patient who had a fatal injury." The prosecutors' claims that the doctors were preparing for the murder of the patient with express malice are unsubstantiated, the court said. Russia's Supreme Court twice overturned the verdict and sent the case for retrial. Investigators said, Anatoly Orekhov, 50, was admitted to hospital No. 20 at 9 o'clock in the morning on April 11, 2003, with head injury. His condition was critical, and the hospital reported to the center of organ donation availability of a potential kidney transplant. Police interfered with preparations of the physicians for kidney resection. Resuscitators of the Interior Ministry's hospital, who came with policemen, found Orekhov outside the resuscitation unit and prepared for the operation. The patient was still showing signs of life - blood pressure and heart beats. In the course of the first presentation of the case in court, the prosecutor demanded eight to nine years in prison for the defendants who all pleaded not guilty.
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