News 18 Jan 11

EULEX, Albania to Cooperate in Organ Trade Probe

Kosovo and Albania's top prosecutors have agreed to create a joint strategy for a possible investigation into allegations that top Kosovo officials were part of an organised crime network that trafficked organs.

Besar Likmeta
Tirana

EULEX prosecutor Isabell Arnal and Albanian General Prosecutor Ina Rama met on Monday in Tirana to discuss the claims of organ trafficking made in Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty’s report and the accusation that the practice stretched into Albania’s territory.
    
“The general prosecutor’s office offered its cooperation to investigate the [accusations] based on the requests from Kosovo’s Special Prosecutor’s office, in accordance with Albania’s legal framework,” read a statement from Rama’s office after the meeting.      

The creation of joint strategy to investigate the allegations was also discussed in the meeting between Arnal and Rama.

Dick Marty, a Swiss MP, released a report in December that linked former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters, including Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, to organised crime and accused them of harvesting the organs of Serb prisoners and others in Albania.

The Council of Europe rapporteur criticised Albania for, he wrote, failing to cooperate with probes into the alleged abuses mentioned in the report. Kosovo and Albanian authorities have slammed the claims as slanderous and pledged to cooperate with an EULEX investigation.  

A resolution based on the report, approved by the Council of Europe Legal Affairs Committee on December 16, is expected to go before the full assembly for a vote on January 25.

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