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EU may investigate Kosovo PM Hashim Thaçi for organ trafficking

Author: Lisa Bryant Date: Thu, Dec 16 2010 15 Comments, 3347 Views
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The European Union says it is open to examining allegations in a report by a European lawmaker that Kosovo's prime minister was involved in organ trafficking.  

At a news conference in Brussels, European Union spokeswoman Maya Kocijancic said the bloc was aware of a recent report accusing Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi of organ trafficking following the1998-1999 war with Serbia. 

"We take all allegations of this kind extremely seriously," said Kocijancic. "In this particular case we have seen the report and if the rapporteur, Mr. Marty, has any concrete evidence we invite him to bring this forward to the relevant authorities."

Kocijancic, who is spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said those authorities included European Union police and the bloc's rule of law mission in Kosovo, which is known as EULEX.

Released Tuesday, the report was authored by Dick Marty, a Swiss lawmaker at the Strasbourg, France-based Council of Europe.  It claims mainly Serb prisoners detained more than a decade ago by the ethnic-Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army were shot and their kidneys sold on the black market.  It also claims prime minister Thaçi headed a group linked to the alleged organ trade.  

Rights group Amnesty International has called for the European Union to investigate the claims.

The Kosovo government has dismissed the claims as untrue and suggested lawmaker Marty wanted to damage Kosovo's reputation. 

Marty was prevously the rapporteur for another sensational report in 2007, claiming the CIA operated secret prisons to interrogate terrorism suspects in Europe.  His Kosovo report will be examined Thursday by the Council of Europe, a rights body that is independent of the European Union.  

Source: VOANews.com

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    • Anonymous
      Peggy Rating:
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      #15 00, 12, Sun, Jan 02 2011

      Dick Marty, a reputable person who uncovered CIA prisons around the world said that evidence was destroyed.

      His report is very thorough and EC is taking it up as a lead into investigating again.
      Now if you think that Dick Marty is a fool who will ruin his reputation by claiming something he can't back up then that's another matter.

      I have tried to post a link but it won't go through.

    • Anonymous
      Peggy Rating:
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      #14 00, 06, Sun, Jan 02 2011


      Anonymous dubidub Fri, Dec 24 2010 11:49 CET

      'Unfortunately a lot of evidence was destroyed by Germany at the request of Hague.'


      Source, or it never happened.
      =========================

      Plenty of sources out there, just google it.

    • Anonymous
      dubidub Rating:
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      #13 11, 49, Fri, Dec 24 2010

      'Unfortunately a lot of evidence was destroyed by Germany at the request of Hague.'


      Source, or it never happened.

    • Anonymous
      Peggy Rating:
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      #12 22, 10, Tue, Dec 21 2010

      I'm sure that Carla will be more than happy to support Dick's findings as she too has stated the same."

      Fiction that Serbs would throw money at? why not..

      "Do you think that she is also a Russian agent?" Are you paranoid if she tells the truth?
      ============================

      Not paranoid. On the contrary eager that the truth should come out.
      Unfortunately a lot of evidence was destroyed by Germany at the request of Hague.

      PS. moderator. I am merely discussing [...]

      Read the full comment this topic and responding to what was responded to me previously.
      Surprised that you would deem this sort of reply as off topic then.
      Maybe I am the only one here who is not allowed to respond.

    • AnonymousPeggyTue, Dec 21 2010

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    • Anonymous
      Al-Berto Rating:
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      #10 03, 17, Tue, Dec 21 2010

      Serbs are so bombed by their propaganda as they've lost the sense of reality! Inappropriate comments and provocative questions came from serbian journalists and reporters too!

      They don't hesitate to insult Bernard Koushner too!

      hxxp://bit.ly/gHiz5e

    • AnonymousAl-BertoMon, Dec 20 2010

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      AnonymousPeggyMon, Dec 20 2010

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      AnonymousTrolalaSun, Dec 19 2010

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    • Anonymous
      Peggy Rating:
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      #6 03, 15, Sat, Dec 18 2010

      Isuf Thu, Dec 16 2010 17:29 CET

      I think that the investigation should be started immediately against Dick Marty for defamation and also for corruption. This man is paid by the Serbian and Russian secret services to make such insinuations and also to destabilize Kosova
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      Mr Marty has a very good reputation and I seriously doubt that anyone would try to tarnish it. I am guessing you have some sort of evidence to support your claims against this man. Please do provide some links to any material there is [...]

      Read the full comment out there so that we can see just how corrupt he really is.
      This man has exposed secret CIA prisons around the world and you think he would risk his good name in order to blacken Thaci"s without any evidence at all?

      Why don't we just wait and see what happens. I'm sure that Carla will be more than happy to support Dick's findings as she too has stated the same. Do you think that she is also a Russian agent?

    • Anonymous
      MM Rating:
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      #5 19, 58, Thu, Dec 16 2010

      Hassim Thacci is also an indictable war criminal - he collaborated with the cRoats in the massacre of the Serbs in Krajina.
      The UK and The USA always polllute their hands with collaborations woth dirty people like Hassim Thacci beacuse they wanted access to Kosova for Oil exploration and Miliotary Bases. Why does no one mention the massive military base that the Americanos are building outside Pristina. Now where is Tony Blair`s Holy war. It would have been impossible for Miloshevic to ethnically cleanse the Albanians, but everything was racheted up so that the Anglo-Americanos could gain entry. [...]

      Read the full comment The Serbs had every right to protect their territory .
      So lies Richard Holbrooks` leagy now - in the dirt.

    • Anonymous
      Mat Rating:
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      #4 18, 08, Thu, Dec 16 2010

      The fragile democracy of the EU?? What nonsense do you speak? We have the strongest democracies of anywhere in the world. Until, of course, we invite cesspits of corruption, criminality and tribalism like Kosovo in.

    • Anonymous
      Isuf Rating:
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      #3 17, 29, Thu, Dec 16 2010

      I think that the investigation should be started immediately against Dick Marty for defamation and also for corruption. This man is paid by the Serbian and Russian secret services to make such insinuations and also to destabilize Kosova. EU and U.S. must urgently deal with this "man" who invents and works on behalf of Serbia. This action is done intentionally in a situation where Kosovo is at the time of election. The question arises: how is possible that such people without any fact, was given the opportunity to report through the EU institutions. This is very harmful not only for [...]

      Read the full comment Kosovo but also for the EU and its fragile democracy. This man and Carla el Ponte should urgently be prosecuted for false allegations made by them.

    • Anonymous
      @ detai Rating:
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      #2 14, 14, Thu, Dec 16 2010

      Don't write rubbish!!! You are a great example of stereotypical persons.

    • Anonymous
      detai Rating:
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      #1 11, 28, Thu, Dec 16 2010

      One thing i don't understand is this. Why is it that eastern europe(balkans)is full of bad images? Why are they refussing to change and become more transparent and civilise. Why are these formal criminals fighting to rule?

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