Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kosovo organ trafficking case opens

Trial Opens for 7 Kosovars in Organ-Trafficking Case

" The suspects are accused of luring victims from Turkey and former Communist countries to Pristina to sell their kidneys with false promises of payments of up to €15,000, or nearly $20,000.

"The recipients, according to the indictment, paid between €80,000 and €100,000 for the organs."

This case seems to be different from but related to the much more disturbing accusations related to war crimes:

"The case has been connected with an inquiry by the Council of Europe released this January, which found that a criminal group of Kosovo Liberation Army fighters had executed Serbian and Albanian prisoners and sold their organs on the international black market. The report said that the so-called Drenica Group was led by Hashim Thaci, the current prime minister of Kosovo."

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