26 January 2011, 15:47

The bloody price for Kosovo independence: truth outs

The bloody price for Kosovo independence: truth outs
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Russia demands a comprehensive probe and harsh punishment for all those involved in “black” transplantology and human organ trafficking in Kosovo. A statement to that effect came from head of the Russian delegation to PACE Konstantin Kosachev following the debates on a report by Swiss senator and human right activist Dick Marty.

Russia demands a comprehensive probe and harsh punishment for all those involved in “black” transplantology and human organ trafficking in Kosovo. A statement to that effect came from head of the Russian delegation to PACE Konstantin Kosachev following the debates on a report by Swiss senator and human right activist Dick Marty.

Having summed up the results of a two-year-long inquiry, Dick Marty arrived at the conclusion that Kosovo militants were killing captives and selling their organs abroad. Transplantology of organs was carried out on the territory of Albania. Among other things, the report accused Kosovo’s current Prime Minister Hashim Thaci of being involved in these crimes as well. The organization he headed carried out militant activities against Serbian security forces and became the main NATO ally after the alliance’s bombing of Yugoslavia. NATO, in its turn, returned the favor to Kosovo militants with its support and recognition of the region’s independence from Belgrade.

Meanwhile, UK’s The Guardian stated that the US and other western countries were well aware of Hashim Thaci’s links to the criminal world of Kosovo. In their surveillance reports they even called him a “big fish” of organised crime in his country, the newspaper reported, referring to secret documents of the western special services. The ensuing internal investigation by NATO representatives in Kosovo was launched not in relation to the prime minister’s connections as one might expect, but with regard to a leakage of secret information. Thus there is little doubt that the leading western powers, along with the authorities of Kosovo and Albania, will keep doing their best to soft-pedal the scandalous investigation of black transplantology. Such a stand is being taken by Russian lawmaker Dmitry Vyatkin, who also took part in the discussion of Dick Marty’s report.

Dick Marty’s report on human organ trafficking in Kosovo evoked heated disputes. Of course, there were some lawmakers who attempted to either postpone debates on the issue or somehow smooth out the report’s rather tough formulations. All proposed amendments to that effect were rejected by the overwhelming majority. It is clear that neither Kosovo nor Albania will help the investigation, but will instead try to conceal or destroy all evidence. We also should not rely upon NATO occupation forces, which are also hardly interested in the probe’s success. And still, we will bend every effort to help the EU mission operating in Kosovo collect as much evidence as possible to bring those found responsible to trial, Dmitry Vyatkin said.

A PACE resolution, which was passed after discussing the issue of the “inhumane treatment of people and illicit trafficking of human organs in Kosovo”,  urges all Council of Europe member states to assist in carrying out the “black” transplantology inquiry. Lawmakers plan to establish criminal liability for illegal human organ trade at the international level. All the more so, as Kosovo is said to still be proceeding with this bloody business.

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