Boris Wolfman, who was indicted in Israel but managed to flee the country, was caught at Istanbul airport; he is expected to be extradited to Israel.
"According to a report in Turkish newspaper Daily Vatan, Wolfman allegedly arrived in Istanbul from Bangkok to convince struggling Syrian refugees to sell their organs.
He had reportedly already started contacting Syrian refugees, and was making arrangement to operate on them in small hospitals in Turkish cities.
Earlier this year, Wolfman and six others were charged with organ trafficking and organizing illegal transplants in Kosovo, Azerbaijan and Sri Lanka. The offenses in question were committed between the years 2008-2014.
According to the indictment, those receiving the illegal transplant had to pay between 70-100 thousand euro for the organ, while the organ donors only received tens of thousands of euros.
Wolfman used an ad in Russian newspapers to draw out potential donors, who agreed to donate one of their organs for money due to their difficult economic situation.
He did not explain to the donors about the physical and mental risks they face, denying them of the information they needed to make the decision. After the organ donation in Kosovo, the donors were discharged without receiving any explanation about needing medical treatment or about the changes to their health situation. There was also no adequate medical supervision following the operation, and at least one teenage boy became paralyzed because he did not receive proper treatment after his kidney was removed."