Kosovo PM vows to fight organ trafficking allegations

Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has vowed to set up an independent investigation into the allegations by the Council of Europe that he was complicit in the murder of Serb prisoners for their kidneys, in order to "dispel the mist". He has dismissed the recently released report by Swiss Prosecutor Dick Mary as a politically ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has vowed to set up an independent investigation into the allegations by the Council of Europe that he was complicit in the murder of Serb prisoners for their kidneys, in order to "dispel the mist". He has dismissed the recently released report by Swiss Prosecutor Dick Mary as a politically motivated "pure fabrication": 

Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has vowed to set up an independent investigation into the allegations by the Council of Europe that he was complicit in the murder of Serb prisoners for their kidneys, in order to "dispel the mist". He has dismissed the recently released report by Swiss Prosecutor Dick Mary as a politically motivated "pure fabrication": 

Thaci said he is looking into all legal and political possibilities to correct what he sees as the report’s inaccuracies. It was not immediately clear what action he planned to take.

"It is a lie for which Dick Marty will be accountable," the prime minister said of the author of the draft report.

Serbia, unsurprisingly, is calling for an international investigation of the allegations.  Former International Criminatl Tribunal for Yugoslavia prosecutor Carla del Ponte, who had made similar allegations against Thaci years ago, also said this week that she feels vindicated by the new report. On the other hand, the allegations are unlikely to have too much of an impact within Kosovo itself,  where Marty is well-known as an opponent of Kosovo indepdendence. 

The organ-smuggling allegations are just one part of Marty’s full report, but have unsurprisingly received the most attention because, well, they’re disgusting. But it seeems like they may be the hardest to prove of the allegations against Thaci, which include weapons and drug smuggling and the intimidation of his political opponents by allies in the Kosovar underworld. It would be unfortunate if failure to substantiate the most salacious charges against Thaci distracted from efforts to investigate more humdrum types of corruption in Europe’s newest country. 

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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