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CoE Rapporteur Dick Marty

Dick Marty makes public his report:

Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo

15. December 2010. | 06:06 06:52

Source: Emg.rs

Taci's Drenica group is thought to be the dominant faction behind the detention centers and the fate of the captives who were held there. A small number of prisoners were transferred to a makeshift clinic just north of Tirana, where they were shot in the head before their kidneys were removed.
Following the interest shown in the draft report on the inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in organs in Kosovo, the rapporteur Dick Marty (Switzerland, ALDE), in agreement with the Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee Christos Pourgourides (Cyprus, EPP/CD) has decided to make public the text on the website of the Assembly.

The text will be discussed by the committee on Thursday 16 December in Paris (Council of Europe office, 55 Avenue Kléber). Mr Marty will give a press conference on the same day at 2.30pm.

Kosovo Prime Minister Hasim Taci headed a group which dealt in organ, drug and weapons trafficking, it is said in the report of Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty, which was obtained by British daily The Guardian.

The report, written after a two-year investigation, points out that Taci and other members of the so-called "Drenica group" were consistently identified by intelligence reports as the key players in Kosovo organized criminal structures.

In Marty's report, Thaçi was identified as the boss of a criminal network which started operating after the 1999 war and whose members hold senior positions in Kosovo's government today.

During the war and the year following it, Taci's forces carried out retributions against Serbs, Roma and ethnic Albanians accused of collaboration with the enemy, writes the Guardian citing the report.

Taci's Drenica group is thought to be the dominant faction behind the detention centers and the fate of the captives who were held there. A small number of prisoners were transferred to a makeshift clinic just north of Tirana, where they were shot in the head before their kidneys were removed, writes The Guardian.

In the report, Marty is critical of the Western countries because top Kosovo figures, including Taci, have not answered for the crimes.

The report criticizes the wavering political will of one part of the international community to efficiently prosecute former KLA leaders.

The Council of Europe rapporteur will present the report to diplomats from the 47 member countries in Paris on Thursday.

The claims of the media and of former International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia prosecutor Carla del Ponte have been officially confirmed by the report of Council of Europe (CoE) rapporteur Dick Marty which says that the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was responsible and that international forces did nothing to solve the case despite having evidence.

The investigation into the Yellow House case has been closed, and Marty will first present the report to the Committee for Human Rights and Legal Affairs on Thursday and after that to the public, a CoE official told Tanjug.

If the Committee approves the report, it will go before the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly in late January.

In the report, Marty writes that KLA members organized kidnappings and that the victims' organs were removed and sold, adding that international forces in Kosovo did nothing to solve the case despite possessing evidence, B92 reported citing the BBC.

Marty also notes that there is evidence that Serbs and Albanians were kept in secret prisons in north Albania under the control of the KLA, where they were subjected to torture and humiliating treatment. The organs were removed at a clinic in northern Albania, shipped abroad by way of the Tirana airport and later transplanted into rich clients.

The accusations of organ smuggling first appeared in a 2008 book by former chief Hague prosecutor Carla del Ponte, in which she wrote that her associates investigated reports that organs of around 300 Serbs held captive in Albania were sold to foreign clinics.

Vekaric: Marty's report as great victory for Serbia

The report by Council of Europe (CE) Special Rapporteur Dick Marty, in which he charged the leaders of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) with organising the kidnappings of people whose organs were extracted in Albania, is a great victory for Serbia in the fight for truth and justice, Serbia's Deputy War Crimes Prosecutor Bruno Vekaric stated on Tuesday.

“Thanks to the help and the authority of Serbian President Boris Tadic and the continuous efforts exerted by judicial bodies, we have achieved the victory and returned hope to the families of kidnapped or missing victims,” Vekaric told Tanjug.

He expressed expectation that the “exceptionally positive” report will launch many investigations into human organs trafficking, both in Kosovo and in Albania, where courts have been ignoring calls for solving the problem for years.

Vekaric noted that he will be able to comment on Marty's report in greater detail only after it has been officially published and reviewed, which is due to happen at the Thursday session of the CE Human Rights and Legal Affairs Board.

If the Board adopts the report, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly will discuss the document late in January.

In a book published upon termination of her office with the ICTY, former ICTY chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte was the first to publicly address the issue of human organs trafficking in northern Albania and the Yellow house in which controversial surgical interventions were carried out.

Delayed indictment verification for Pristina clinic Medicus

The Pristina District Court postponed on Tuesday the opening discussion in the so-called Medicus case, EULEX Spokesperson Irina Gudeljevic told Tanjug.

She noted that the discussion was postponed until January 6, 2011. In the Medicus case, criminal charges have been raised against seven persons, five of whom are charged with human organs trafficking, organised crime and abuse of office.

The remaining two indictees are charged with illegal medical practices, such as extraction of human organs and performing transplants.

On October 15, EU Special Prosecutor Jonathan Ratel brought criminal indictments against five persons before the Pristina District Court, in connection to the activities carried out at the private medical clinic Medicus in Pristina.

The special prosecutor issued the other indictment five days later, after which the two indictments were merged.

Six of the seven indictees are doctors.


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15. December 2010. 16:07:50



All the thanks on EU & SAD for bomming the Serbs because of it !!!

16. December 2010. 16:45:01

| Isuf Mehmeti


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 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.


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