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Medicus case EULEX prosecutor Jonathan Ratel said the traffickers were “well structured and acted in concert”, recalling that transplants were carried out without an official license.
Sami Lushtaku allegedly threatened another journalist - and called him “a Serbian spy”, too - as he did to BIRN Kosovo director Jeta Xharra, the court heard on Wednesday.
Belgrade and Pristina have still not agreed on the future of Serb-run North Kosovo after a ninth round of EU-led talks - but may have a last try on Friday.
The ninth round of Belgrade-Pristina talks, aimed at resolving the issue of North Kosovo, are underway in Brussels under the patronage of the EU foreign affairs chief, Catherine Ashton.
In his final statement, Medicus case EULEX prosecutor Jonathan Ratel displayed evidence of an alleged international organ trafficking network, saying illegal transplants undoubtedly took place in the clinic.
Six defendants accused of waging a hate campaign in the media against BIRN Kosovo director Jeta Xharra have pleaded not guilty, though Sami Lushtaku did offer a qualified apology.
The European Commission may postpone its progress report on Serbia while the prime ministers of Kosovo and Serbia set a new meeting in Brussels to continue EU-led talks.
Two assistant anaesthetists at a Kosovo clinic accused of illegal kidney-trading said they took part in organ transplants but did not know the operations were illegal.
The EU is still mediating between Belgrade and Pristina behind the scenes in the hopes of securing a deal on Kosovo before April 22.
Former transport minister Fatmir Limaj and six other co-accused pleaded not guilty to charges of organized crime and other corruption-related offences, while asking the court for a “speedy trial”.
Kosovo's authority will be introduced to Serb-run northern Kosovo in three stages, BIRN can reveal, as Kosovo Serb leaders warn the EU-backed plan may prompt them to emigrate.