„EULEX panic“ after organ smuggling revelations
|20 December 2010 | 11:10 | Source: B92, BBC|
|LONDON — London’s Times newspaper writes today that the Marty document has „created panic“ inside the EU mission in Kosovo, the BBC reports. The CoE investigator’s report named Kosovo Albanian PM Hashim Thaci as responsible for kidnappings of Serb and other civilians in Kosovo in 1999 and 2000, whose organs were extracted to be sold in the black market.This could lead to the situation where the EU mission will investigate the head of a government that welcomed its presence, said the BBC in its report.Thus EULEX quickly made it know that it „may not have the jurisdiction“ – because while perpetrators did come from Kosovo, the body parts were removed in Albania. They also believe that in the case is „pure organized crime“ – then Albanian authorities could investigate it.But if there are elements of war crimes, the case could end up with EULEX, whose representatives have up until this point been silent on the accusations leveled against Thaci.Anthony Dworkin of the European Council on Foreign Relations however spoke for the newspaper to say that crimes described in the Marty report could qualify as war crimes, noting that it is necessary for a crime to occur in the context of armed conflict in order to be considered a war crime, and saying that „this was certainly the case in Kosovo in 1999“.Dworkin also said that some accusations in the report concern the treatment of Serb prisoners, and any „mistreatment, let alone killing or harvesting of prisoners‘ organs, is a war crime“.
This expert also noted that the report contains allegations of organized crime activities, which fall under the jurisdiction of national courts.
Since the Hague Tribunal has stopped issuing new indictments, says Dworkin, that would mean that EULEX, „and the authorities in Tirana“, are now responsible for starting legal proceedings.
In case those fail to react appropriately, he mentioned a third, but „less likely alternative“:
„The concept of universal jurisdiction allows third countries to start investigations and put on trial persons accused of war crimes or crimes against humanity, for which there is no statute of limitation,“ said he, but noted that in the past couple of years these processes have become scarce thanks to „politically problematic and controversial“ cases in Belgium, Spain and Britain.
Dick Marty also said in his report that international officials deployed in Kosovo knew about the crimes of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), including their involvement in human organ trafficking, but kept quiet – „in the interest of stability“.
Dworkin does not believe that these international officials will now be criminally prosecuted, since there would have to be proof that they could have prevented the crimes, or that they were accomplices.
- The Times
- Published: 19 December 2010
…mission sent to maintain the rule of law in Kosovo says that it may not have the jurisdiction…accusations against Hashim Thaçi, the Kosovo leader, have created panic inside the…case, even if the perpetrators are in Kosovo, because the body parts were removed…
- The Times
- Published: 17 December 2010
…drug-running and organ-trafficking in Kosovo as it joined the international community…Western political leaders backed his Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), according to…criminal inquiry into Mr Thaçi, now Kosovos Prime Minister. It also places an…
16 December 2010 Last updated at 11:08 GMT
Kosovo organ trafficking: Where is the proof?
A report accusing Kosovo’s political leaders of organ-trafficking has sent shockwaves around Europe and, as the BBC’s Central Europe correspondent Nick Thorpe explains, pressure is growing on the author to back up his allegations.
By May this year, Dick Marty’s investigation into alleged organ trafficking and other crimes in Kosovo and Albania was getting nowhere, according to well-placed sources in Kosovo, Serbia, and Strasbourg.
The Swiss politician, working for rights group the Council of Europe, had made several trips through the region, but had been frustrated at every turn.
Constant leaks from the War Crimes Prosecutor’s office in Belgrade damaged Serbia’s own investigations into the allegations, leading some senior figures in Belgrade to despair of ever finding the truth.
The Albanian authorities consistently refused to co-operate with Serbian requests to investigate alleged mass grave sites in Albania.
War-crimes investigators from Eulex (European Union Law and Justice Mission in Kosovo) told Mr Marty that the organ allegations were a gruesome „fairytale“.
They said the claims were distracting attention from the real task of finding some 1,861 people still registered as missing from the conflict in the region – two-thirds of them Kosovar Albanians.
‚Dozens of sources‘Mr Marty went from door to door, in a convoy of highly visible vehicles. His report was due to be published as early as June, but its prospects seemed as dark as the sunglasses of his bodyguards.
Observers expected a political statement urging all governments to do more and predicted little actual progress. Then something happened.
Mr Marty appears to have discovered enough evidence to delay publication until the Swiss senator felt he had gathered enough to proceed.
Paragraph 23 of Mr Marty’s draft report, published this week, states: „We have obtained testimonial and documentary accounts from several dozen primary sources, notably including: combatants and affiliates of various armed factions that participated in the hostilities in Kosovo; [and] direct victims of violent crimes committed in Kosovo and the surrounding territories.“
Paragraph 44 notes: „According to our insider sources the KLA [Kosovo Liberation Army] fought just as hard, and devoted arguably more of its resources and political capital, to maintain its advantage over its ethnic Albanian rival factions as it did to carry out co-ordinated military actions against the Serbs.“
- The Times
- Published: 16 December 2010
…Hashim Thaçi, the Prime Minister of Kosovo, has been described as the Boss…organs. In 1999 I saw how he and other Kosovo Liberation Army leaders ran Pristina…bad guys, so that must make the Kosovo Albanians the good guys. The…
COLONEL PAUL GIBSON: I think it’s — as you know, with the terms of the agreement, the Yugoslav army and the Serbian police forces and all their paramilitaries have to leave tomorrow at midnight. That’s what we call EIF Plus Six, six days after the treaty was signed. The concern, I think, here is that people will take advantage of that withdrawal to settle some scores. The other concern, of course, is that the Yugoslav army units, as they leave, continue to do some of the sort of activities that they’ve now become well renowned for.
Monday, 24 April, 2000, 06:52 GMT 07:52 UK
Kosovo weapons crisis revealed
An official report into Nato’s campaign against Serb troops in Kosovo has revealed that British forces almost ran out of munitions during the conflict.
The National Audit Office report – leaked to BBC Radio Four’s Today programme – also criticises some of the equipment and medicines issued to service personnel.
The Ministry of Defence refused to comment on a leaked report but pointed to the success of the campaign, which it says had met all its objectives.
Last month Kosovo debriefing reports seen by Today revealed criticism by the officers on the ground, of an operation hailed by generals and politicians as a great success.
UN in Kosovo Accused of Coverup of Organ Trade & Press Beating, Silent
By Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS, December 27 — Accused of covering up the harvest and sale of organs of prisoners of war in Kosovo, the UN has had nothing to say for the past 11 days. Nor has it commented on reports of the beating of a journalist directly in front of its UNMIK headquarters in Pristina for the past five days.
On December 27, the UN simply ignored the organ question altogether. Back on December 16, Inner City Press asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s acting Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq:
Inner City Press: I wanted to know if the UN system or UNMIK [United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] has any response to this Council of Europe report saying that Kosovos Prime Minister [Hashim] Thaci was involved in an organ-trading ring and that the UN knew that, thats one of the allegations.
Acting Deputy Spokesperson Haq: We are aware of the report; weve seen the reports coming out from the Council of Europe and are studying what they have to say. At this stage, there is nothing further to say by way of response, but obviously well continue to study it and may have a response down the line.
Ten days later, with the UN not having said anything even as the charges grew more specific, Inner City Press asked Haq and Ban’s main spokesman Martin Nesirky, who unilaterally canceled all noon press briefings for this week, the following question in writing:
Please comment on reports of Serbia’s request for an ICTY investigation of Soren Jessen Petersen for contempt of court during his time with UNMIK, see http://www.rnw.nl/english/bulletin/un-covered-organ-trafficking-report-says-serbia
The question was submitted on December 26, with a deadline of 12:30 pm on December 27. But an hour before that deadline, Haq responded only that „UNHQ is closed on Monday.“
Petersen in UN Security Council, organ trade and answers not shown
At 11:30 am on December 27, Ban’s Haq sent this:
From: Farhan Haq [at] un.org
To: Inner City Press, Martin Nesirky [at] un.org
Date: Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 11:32 AM
Re: Press Qs on Cote d’Ivoire, Darfur, Sri Lanka and Kosovo (and old questions… reiterated re  days ago
UNHQ is closed on Monday. Thanks.
But has UNMIK in Kosovo been closed for the past ten or five days? Given the ten days of non response to the December 16 question, and the five days of non response to the December 23 question about the beaten reporter, the snow (job) is the issue. On December 23, Inner City Press had asked Haq:
Inner City Press: there is a case in Kosovo of a journalist that was beaten right in front of the UNMIK [United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] headquarters. A regional press group has put out call saying that, you know, this is a that attacks on journalists must cease in Kosovo. But I am wondering, particularly given [that] it happened in front of UNMIK, whether UNMIK has had anything to say about that?
Acting Deputy Spokesperson Haq: I am not aware of any recent communications by UNMIK, but we can check with them.
Apparently, in the five days after, Haq never did check with UNMIK. Watch this site.
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At UN, As Serbia Complains of Telecom Cut in Kosovo, Few Are Listening
By Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS, November 12 — While the UN’s reports on Kosovo and the resulting public Security Council sessions, 18 speeches and out, have become routinized, there are still interesting factoids which emerge. In the meeting of November 12, Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic complained that in late September
armed teams of ethnic Albanians brought down Serbia Telecom’s mobile and fixed telephony network in South Kosovo… immediately affect[ing] approximately 100,000 South Kosovo Serbs, disrupting their ability to communicate beyond their enclaves – a serious breach of contemporary humanitarian norms… with hospital officials in Gracanica ascribing several fatalities to the inability of patients to call for help.
When the meeting was over, Inner City Press asked Jeremic to go to the stakeout area on camera and take questions on this and other matters. He declined, indicating that the session was routine.
When another journalist asked him to respond to the charge by US Deputy Permanent Representative Rosemany DiCarlo that Serbia is calling for boycotting elections in Kosovo, he quipped, how can one call for a boycott of a country which doesn’t exist?
DiCarlo, on the other hand, said that 71 countries have now recognized Kosovo, and that its sovereignty and borders can no longer be questioned.
Telecom, routine UN Security Council session not shown
Kosovo’s representative Vlora Citaku said these are no longer the subject of negotiation.
One wonders if South Sudan will go this way. Watch this site.
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We Bombed The Wrong Side (General Lewis Mackenzie)
In my previous articles I have portrayed Kosovo with quite dark colours. I have summarized Kosovo
as Serbian province, occupied and now international protectorate administrated by UN Kosovo mission; as quasi-independent pseudo-state has good change to become next failed or captured state; todays Kosovo is already safe-heaven for war criminals, drug traffickers, international money laundry and radical Wahhabists unfortunately all are also allies of western powers.
This description can naturally be seen as individual biased view without any connection to reality. However the process which began before Xmas may lead similar outcome in western mainstream media too. Investigations conducted by the Swiss diplomat, Dick Marty on behalf of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have revealed the true picture of Kosovos prime minister Hashim Thaci. In his report to the PACEs Commission, Thaci is presented as the leader of a criminal gang engaged in the smuggling of weapons, the distribution of illegal drugs throughout Europe and the selling of human organs for unlawful transplantation. The Swiss senator conducted a two-year inquiry into organised crime in Kosovo after the Council of Europe mandated him to investigate claims of organ harvesting by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) after the war with Serbia ended in 1999.
Western intelligence agencies warned that Hashim Thaci ran an organised crime network in the late 1990s, they knew the KLA were criminals running the drug, slave, and weapons rackets throughout Europe, they knew the KLA was supported by Osama bin Laden (with whom Thaci met personally in Tirana in 1998 to plan the jihad in Kosovo. Despite this Western political leaders backed his Kosovo Liberation Army and its members were transformed as freedom fighters.
The case related to organ trafficking is now in Pristina court, according Swiss sources PM Thaçi has been prohibited from entering Switzerland for a certain period of time, investigations are called for allegations that sums originating from organ trafficking in Kosovo and Albania had been deposited in Swiss bank accounts. Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey has reportedly decided not to receive an award given by the Kosovo Embassy and members of the Kosovo diaspora, for her contribution to the recognition of Kosovos independence. The award ceremony was planned to be held on 21. December, 2010 for her contribution to the recognition of Kosovos independence. (Source: Euractiv )
Organ trafficking case
In April 2008 Madam Carla Del Ponte, the former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), published a book La caccia Io e i criminali di guerra. In the book, almost ten years after the end of the war in Kosovo, there appeared revelations of trafficking in human organs taken from Serb prisoners, reportedly carried out by leading commanders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Now the report, Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo , for Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), prepared by Swiss prosecutor-turned-politician Dick Marty, expands on allegations made by Mrs. Del Ponte.
The PACE report claims that civilians Serbian and non-KLA-supporting Kosovan Albanians detained by the KLA in the 1999 hostilities were shot in northern Albania and their kidneys extracted and sold on the black market. It names Hashim Thaçi, the former leader of the KLA and Kosovos prime minister, as the boss of a mafia-like group engaged in criminal activity including heroin trading since before the 1999 war.
A Council of Europe report into organ trafficking in Kosovo linked the Medicus case to a wider criminal network in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which began trading in organs in 1999. A faction within the rebel guerilla army loyal to Thaci has been accused of overseeing a racket involving Serb captives. A handful were said, in the report, to have been shot in the head, then had their kidneys extracted. It is believed the kidneys were flown to Istanbul in ischemia bags. Thaci has strongly denied the claims. I also touched on a matter in my article New Cannibalism in Europe too? a couple of years ago.
In November 2008 police raided the property of Medicus clinic in a deprived suburb near the Kosovan capital Pristina. Patients from Canada, Germany, Poland and Israel had received organ transplants at the clinic. Victims were promised up to $20,000, while recipients were required to pay between 80,000 and 100,000 euros. But despite promises of payment the donors had left empty-handed; up to 30 victims lost their kidneys in the clinic in just eight months in 2008. The key player of is Dr. Yusuf Ercin Sonmez from Medicus clinic has been a key player in the unscrupulous organ market for more than 10 years.
A Washington-based intelligence source said the kidneys were sold to Dr. Sonmez, a 53-year-old medic. It was then that the Turkish doctor was said to have struck up a relationship with Kosovan Albanians, who, investigators believe, are implicated in the Medicus clinic case which unfolded in the confirmation hearing case on December in Pristina district court. (Source: The Guardian: The doctor at the heart of Kosovos organ scandal )
However the present case is limited to Medicus clinic and its links to a wider network of Albanian organised criminals and events a decade ago will hopefully take place in wider trial. EUs EULEX-operation in Kosovo will from its side examine allegations that the countrys prime minister is the head of a mafia-like criminal network linked to organ trafficking. if there is sufficient evidence against Thaçi or the other senior government figures implicated in the report, they could face prosecution even though most crimes are alleged to have taken place in Albanian territory. (Source e.g: The Guardian: The doctor at the heart of Kosovos organ scandal )
Whitewashing Organized Crime
War crimes related to organ scandal are only minor by-plot in context of organized crime in Kosovo during last decade. KLAs transformation from OC-/terrorist group to freedom fighters was an amazing media victory which guaranteed the occupation and later capturing of Kosovo.
Neil Clark in his column Kosovo and the myth of liberal intervention – in the Guardian describes very well this hoax:
It was the KLAs campaign of violence against Yugoslav state officials, Serbian and Kosovan civilians in 1998, which led to an escalation of the conflict with the government in Belgrade, with atrocities committed on both sides. The report is a damning indictment not only of the KLA but also of western policy. And it also gives lie to the fiction that Natos war with Yugoslavia was, in Tony Blairs words, a battle between good and evil; between civilisation and barbarity; between democracy and dictatorship.
On 1999 the Western media was full of stories of mass graves and brutal rapes. U.S. officials claimed that from 100,000 up to 500,000 Albanians had been massacred. In 78 days the Pentagon dropped 35,000 cluster bombs, used thousands of rounds of radioactive depleted-uranium rounds, along with bunker busters and cruise missiles. Expecting to find bodies everywhere, forensic teams from 17 NATO countries organized by the Hague Tribunal on War Crimes searched occupied Kosovo all summer of 1999 but found a total of only 2,108 bodies, of all nationalities. Some had been killed by NATO bombing and some in the war between the UCK and the Serbian police and military.
|Number game as cause of Natos attack on SerbiaAccording the Kosovo Book of the Dead, the equivalent of the Bosnia Book of the Dead by London based Bosnian Institute which finally counted the slain, has since the Kosovo war been able to establish a total about 10,000 dead or permanently missing (i.e. dead), of which just under 5000 are Albanians, and the rest Serbian, other minorities, or ethnicity not known. So as Albanians made up around 50% off the dead despite making up 85% of the population, they suffered proportionately much less in terms of deaths than any other group. (Bosnian Institute: Establishing the number of victims in the Yugoslav wars of succession)|
I would draw following time axis about some core events with this campaign:
- U.S. practising intervention first in the Bosnian War 1992-95 and selecting terrorist/OC-groups to U.S. allies (More e.g. Srebrenica again Hoax or Massacre? and Krajina Victory with Ethnic Cleansing )
- Racak fabrication and humanitarian intervention aka since WWII first ever full scale bombing operation in center of Europe 1999 ( High pressure to fabricate Racak reports and 10th anniversary of Natos attack on Serbia )
- Guaranteeing results with pogroms 1999-2004 creating one of the biggest refugee problem in Europe by complete ethnic cleansing Serbs out of Kosovo ( Forgotten Refugees WestBalkans and Kosovo March/February 17th: Pogrom with Prize )
- Creating a quasi-independent puppet state for safe haven for terrorists and OC ( e.g. Quadruple Helix Capturing Kosovo and Balkan Route Business as usual )
- Todays outcome a frozen conflict and captured pseudo-state (more e.g. Kosovo: Two years of Pseudo-state );
- As side result U.S. created Bondsteel, one of the biggest U.S. military base in center of Europe completely outside European/international jurisdiction to serve also as secret torture/detention/investigation center of CIA.
In the bottom line – so far at least temporary U.S. State Department and their British lapdogs were responsible for orchestrating or facilitating events mentioned above. For background information I recommend a video General Lewis Mackenzie: We Bombed The Wrong Side, anyway the headline of video is not so far from my point of view.
OC-connection well known
Thaçi and other members of his inner circle, Marty avers, were commonly identified, and cited in secret intelligence reports, published by the German secret state agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst or BND as the most dangerous of the KLAs criminal bosses. Trading on American protection to consolidate political power, thus maintaining control over key narcotics smuggling corridors, the special rapporteur writes that having succeeded in eliminating, or intimidating into silence, the majority of the potential and actual witnesses against them (both enemies and erstwhile allies), using violence, threats, blackmail, and protection rackets, Thaçis Drenica Group have exploit[ed] their position in order to accrue personal wealth totally out of proportion with their declared activities. Indeed, multiple reports prepared by the U.S. DEA, FBI, the BND, Italys SISMI, Britains MI6 and the Greek EYP intelligence service have stated that Drenica Group members are consistently named as key players in intelligence reports on Kosovos mafia-like structures of organised crime.
Reliable and highly informed sources at the Institute for European Policy based in Germany, in a 2007 report commissioned for the German Armed Forces, indicated that the three leading Kosovo politicians, Ramush Haradinaj, Hashim Thaci and Xhavit Haliti, are persons protected by the international community although they are deeply involved in all of these affairs.Already in 2000, according to Interpol Kosovo criminals, illicit profits of 2 billion euros were laundered through more than 200 banks. The current data show much higher earnings, and this without considering the investments in the building sector, the purchase of shares and other activities. In relation to the drugs issue, according to the Italian journalist Roberto Saviano, in an interview in 2009, the Albanian mafia in Kosovo chiefs dream about turning the province into a European Colombia.
In order to achieve this, they wish to genetically engineer a type of coca plant that would grow in Kosovos climate. In this way, the Albanian mafia would have a monopoly over the cocaine trade. They need 20 years to achieve this, he said, and added that then, Kosovo will without a doubt become the new Colombia.
More about link between organized crime and Kosovo political leaders one can find e.g. from Albanian Terrorism and Oraganized Crime in Kosovo and Metohija (K&M) , which also can be found from my document library. Related background information can be found also from leaked German Intelligence reports BND report 2005 and BND-IEP report Kosovo 2007 which can be found from my document library under Kosovo headline.
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