EULEX allowed to probe organs trafficking

11.05.2012 - 11:06

The Albanian parliament adopted on 10 May a legislation allowing EULEX investigations into alleged human organ trafficking in the country. The law was approved unanimously, which is the first joint vote of the government and the opposition in a while.

Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha stressed that for his country it was a priority to investigate organ trafficking allegations made by Council of Europe Rapporteur Dick Marty, who wrote in a report from December 2010, about ties between organised crime and former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) members, including Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.

Marty accused KLA and Thaci of extracting and selling the organs of war prisoners in Albania. "Some Serbians and some Albanian Kosovars were held prisoner in secret places of detention under KLA control in northern Albania and were subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment, before ultimately disappearing," Marty wrote.

Both Kosovo and Albanian authorities denied the allegations and agreed to participate in an international investigation. The EU mandated American prosecutor for this case, John Clint Williamson,welcomed the decision of the Albanian parliament as a step forward in uncovering truth.

In June 2011, EULEX formed a task force, made up of seven prosecutors and investigators, to look into Marty's claims, after a preliminary investigation.