LARNACA - A man wanted in connection with an investigation into organ trafficking in Israel has been detained in Cyprus on suspicion of using a fake passport, according to online media reports.
An article published on the Times of Israel website said that former professional football player Uzi Shmueli travelled to Cyprus last week to see his wife and daughter and was arrested at Larnaca Airport after a presenting a forged passport.
The Israeli national is a suspected member of a crime ring that lured struggling young Israeli women to Turkey and paid them cash in exchange for their kidneys. Israeli authorities said he fled abroad after an investigation into the alleged trafficking ring was launched.
Shmueli was sentenced in Cyprus to four month in prison while the Israeli authorities are expected to seek his immediate extradition one the jail term is completed.