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Council of Europe endorses Kosovo organ trafficking report

Other News Materials 25 January 2011 20:35
The Council of Europe on Tuesday endorsed a report that accuses Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci of involvement in the trafficking of human organs and other serious crimes and calls for him to be investigated.
Council of Europe endorses Kosovo organ trafficking report

The Council of Europe on Tuesday endorsed a report that accuses Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci of involvement in the trafficking of human organs and other serious crimes and calls for him to be investigated, dpa reported.

 The Council's parliamentary assembly, which sits in Strasbourg, France, overwhelmingly endorsed a report by rapporteur Dick Marty, which accuses Thaci of heading a "mafia-like" network responsible for smuggling weapons, drugs and human organs during and after the 1998- 99 Kosovo war.

The former Swiss prosecutor's report also calls on the European Union's justice mission in Kosovo (EULEX) to investigate the claims.

Thaci is a former commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), the guerrilla organization that fought Serbian control in the predominantly ethnic Albanian territory. He has rejected the claims as "slander." The council's resolutions are non-binding.

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