After an initial denial, officials in Azerbaijan have confirmed that a hospital in Baku is under investigation for performing improper organ culling and transplant operations.
On November 24, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and General Prosecutor’s Office issued a joint statement about an investigation into 10 kidney transplants performed by the Azerbaijan International University Medical Center.
Unidentified Medical Center employees have been charged with causing “grave consequences as a result of an abuse of power,” a criminal offense. The “consequences” have not been specified.
In the aftermath of the revelation, the Ministry of Health has withdrawn AIU Medical Center’s license to offer medical services, the statement added.
Azerbaijan International University is a private higher education institution in Baku that is headed by businessman Elshad Abdullayev, an active member of the governing Yeni Azerbaijan Party.
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Shahin Abbasov is a freelance correspondent based in Baku. He is also a board member of the Open Society Foundation-Azerbaijan.