Tuesday Aug 30, 201102:47 AM GMT
Kosovo organ trafficking case proceeds
Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:48AM
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Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaci, who denies involvement in organ trafficking and offers cooperation with any investigation into the case.
John Clint Williamson has been appointed as the lead prosecutor to investigate organ trafficking allegations against Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and other Kosovars.


In a report adopted by the Council of Europe in December 2010, CE investigator Dick Marty said that Hashim Thaci and other high-ranking officers of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) had murdered Serbian and Kosovo Albanian captives and sold their organs, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

The British daily The Guardian reported in January that Thaci had been identified as one of the “biggest fish” in organized crime in Kosovo.

The story was based on NATO documents.

Labeled secret, the documents indicated that the US and other Western powers were aware of the criminal activity being conducted by Kosovo government officials.

Williamson will also investigate links between criminal drug networks and Kosovo's top leaders, including Thaci.

Thaci has dismissed the accusations and offered to cooperate with the investigation.

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