Italy has agreed to extradite an Israeli army reservist who was convicted in Brazil of organ trafficking, Brazilian authorities said Wednesday.

Officers are on their way to Rome to take custody of Maj. Gedalya Tauber and escort him back to the South American nation, Brazil's Federal Police said.

"The Israeli was a fugitive for five years and was detained by Italian police for presenting a false passport," the force said on its official Twitter account.

Tauber ran an organ-trafficking ring that was taken down by the Federal Police in 2003.

He and 11 Brazilian nationals, including a retired police captain, were convicted in 2004 by a court in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, but the Israeli fled the country while free on bail.

Tauber was sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison, the Federal Police said.

Investigators said the ring recruited donors from among residents of slums on the outskirts of Recife, the state capital, and flew them to South Africa for operations to remove their kidneys.

The gang made some $4.5 million over two years. EFE