A 48-year-old man, who was arrested on 13 August after he was exposed by a foreign newspaper for his alleged involvement in an international organ trafficking racket, will be remanded for another five more days after his remand order was extended today, 21 August
Assistant Registrar of the Kuching Subordinate Courts Dora Undau issued the order against the Sarawakian, who had surrendered himself at the Kuching district police headquarters.
The remand application was submitted by the investigating officer ASP Nor Elyanis Mohd Yusoff.
The suspect was brought to the magistrate's court after the first remand order of seven days expired on 20 August, according to a report in New Straits Times.
What did the foreign newspaper report in its exposé?
In its report on 8 August, the UK's tabloid newspaper had said that the man from Kuching, Sarawak is involved in organ trafficking by luring poor victims from around the world to sell their organs.
According to The Sun, the man bragged about masterminding 45 illicit kidney sales.
Describing him as a "sinister broker" who could arrange illegal transplant tourism packages for British people at GBP85,000 (RM465,923), the newspaper said that the man uses Facebook to lure his victims.
"The Malaysian, who has no medical experience, says he has more than 100 worldwide potential kidney sellers on his books, sourced through his Facebook page. And he claims to have been contacted by at least five Britons offering to sell their organs," the report said, adding that the 48-year-old claims to have been approached on Facebook by another British national wanting to buy a kidney.