Five people have gone on trial in China accused of illegal organ trading and intentional injury after a student sold his kidney to purchase an iPad and iPhone.

The defendants include the surgeon who removed the kidney from the 17-year-old.

Each of the five cohorts face up to ten years in prison if they are found guilty, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

The teenager was said to be too sick to attend the hearing after going into renal failure after the transplant.

Prosecutors allege that the teenager, identified only as Wang, was recruited in an online chat room.

Apple products are hugely popular in China, but they are often priced beyond the reach of many people.

One of the defendants He Wei was accused of arranging the illegal kidney transplant last April as a way of paying off his gambling debts.

The group is said to have received $35,000 (£22,000) for the transplant, while the student was given only $3,000 for the organ.

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