Death-row convicts to have organs 'pre-sold'
A new law in Iran could allow the organs of convicts on death row to be pre-sold to buyers if the prisoners agree before their executions.
Reports suggested that under Ebrahim Raeesi, the new head of the Iranian judiciary, an article in the criminal justice laws has been included which says: "If a convict voluntarily offers his or her organ before or after execution and no medical obstacle is offered, then the judge can approve this in co-ordination with the ministry of justice."
Iran's Association of Surgeons has strongly condemned the move, describing it as "extremely worrying, damaging to our profession and the prestige of Iran in the eyes of the civilised world".
Professor Ali Jafarian, of the liver transplant unit at Khomeini hospital in Tehran, said no specialist surgeon in Iran would be prepared to follow the law as "it is immoral and against all the values of our profession".
"Anyone sentenced to death would not be in a right frame of mind to 'voluntarily' offer their organs, unless they are forced to do so," Dr Jafarian said.
There is a huge market in Iran for organ transplants due to the vast number of the country's kidney, heart and liver patients. (© Daily Telegraph, London)