Wednesday, October 5, 2011

EULEX prosecutor to be sent to Albania

TIRANA, 05.10.2011
Head of the EU mission in Kosovo Xavier de Marnhac stated Wednesday in Tirana that in the next weeks a prosecutor and his assistants will be sent to Albania to investigate whether there was a human organ trafficking ring which sold organs of civilians arrested in Kosovo during the conflicts in 1998- 1999.

I think that it is in the interest of the entire region that the investigation yields clear conclusions, de Marnhac said.

Albanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Edmond Haxhinasto voiced readiness of his country for cooperation with EULEX investigators who should check the allegations presented by Council of Europe (CoE) special rapporteur Dick Marty.

Until now, Tirana and Pristina have dismissed the allegations presented in the CoE report which was adopted by the CoE Parliamentary Assembly last year.

Marty accused the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) of transferring arrested civilians, Serbs and other nationals, to Albania where their organs were extracted and then sold in the West.

The report alleges that the Drenica Group and incumbent Kosovo Prime Minister Hasim Taci were involved in these crimes.

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