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    MOSCOW, March 1, (RIA Novosti) - The Moscow city court will pass its verdict on a sensational case today, a defendant's lawyer named Yury Kostanov told RIA Novosti. That case, which involved illegal body-organ transplants at city hospital No. 20, caused quite a stir.

    According to Kostanov, the prosecutor asked the court to sentence the four defendants to 8-9 years in prison.

    The prosecutor demanded that Irina Lirtsman, deputy director of the No. 20 hospital's intensive-care department, be sentenced to 8.5 years in prison. He also demanded eight years for that department's doctor Lyubov Pravdenko, as well as nine years for transplantologists Pyotr Pyatnichuk and Bairma Shakdurova from the municipal organ-transplant coordinating center.

    The defendants are charged with murder preparations.

    According to the prosecutor's office, a man named Orekhov (b. 1953) was received April 11, 2003 by hospital No. 20, with doctors diagnosing closed skull injury.

    Orekhov was listed in serious condition, with doctors informing the above-mentioned coordinating center that they had a prospective donor, the prosecutor's office reports.

    Doctors from the hospital's intensive-care department and transplantology-center doctors prepared for surgery that was to have removed Orekhov's organs). However, they were stopped by law-enforcement officers before they could do that. Doctors from the intensive-care department of the Moscow police department's general hospital arrived at the scene together with police officers. They found Orekhov lying outside the intensive-care department. The man was still alive, with doctors registering blood pressure and heart contractions. However, they had already prepared to remove his kidneys, the press release of the prosecutor's office notes.

    Criminal proceedings were instituted that same day in line with the Criminal Code's article that stipulates punishment for premeditated murder preparations.

    However, the defendants continue to plead innocent.

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