Kosovo PM is head of human organ and arms ring, Council of Europe reports | World news | The GuardianKosovo PM is head of human organ and arms ring, Council of Europe reports
Two-year inquiry accuses Albanian 'mafia-like' crime network of killing Serb prisoners for their kidneys
Kosovo's prime minister is the head of a "mafia-like" Albanian group responsible for smuggling weapons, drugs and human organs through eastern Europe, according to a Council of Europe inquiry report on organised crime.
Hashim Thaçi is identified as "the boss" of a network that began operating criminal rackets in the run-up to the 1999 Kosovo war, and has held powerful sway over the country's government since.
The report of the two-year inquiry, which cites FBI and other intelligence sources, has been obtained by the Guardian. It names Thaçi as having over the last decade exerted "violent control" over the heroin trade.
Figures from Thaçi's inner circle are accused of secretly taking captives across the border into Albania after the war, where a few Serbs are said to have been murdered for their kidneys, which were sold on the black market....
Kosovo physicians accused of illegal organs removal racket | World news | The GuardianKosovo physicians accused of illegal organs removal racket
Medicus clinic linked in Council of Europe report to alleged Kosovo Liberation Army organ harvesting atrocities
The story of how Kosovo hosted an illegal market in human organs began to unfold today in a district court in the capital, Pristina.
As armed special forces stood outside, the court heard how desperate Russians, Moldovans, Kazakhs and Turks were lured into the capital "with the false promise of payments" for their kidneys.
EU prosecutor Jonathan Ratel told the court the organs had been illegally removed from the victims and transplanted into wealthy recipients in the clinic, known as Medicus. Those who paid up to 90,000 (£76,400) for the black-market kidneys included patients from Canada, Germany, Poland and Israel, Ratel said.
Huddled in the centre in the room, in their overcoats, were seven defendants alleged to have played some role in the racket. Among them were some of Kosovo's most respected physicians, including a former permanent secretary of health who is accused of abusing office to grant Medicus a false licence, and Dr Lutfi Dervishi, a urologist at in the university hospital alleged to have set up the operation.....
I know most people on this board do not care what goes on around the world. But here is something that is pretty interesting if true. And it looks like it is. I'm not sure what is more disgusting: The corrupt government of Kosovo that is mainly supported by the USA, or the number of threads started by DPers on stupid subjects like Palin's view on obesity that go on for 40pgs.