News 11 Apr 14

New Book Decries Medicus ‘Injustice’

Economist-turned-author says interest has been extraordinary in her new book, which says her husband and son were unfairly prosecuted in the notorious Medicus organ-trafficking case.

Edona Peci, Vullnet Krasniqi

Vjollca Dervishi says a grave injustice occurred last April when a EULEX court convicted her husband and son of taking part in the Medicus organ-trafficking case.

While appeals from both the defence and prosecution are pending, Dervishi has taken the case to the court of public opinion with a new book, “The Medicus Clinic: The Truth and the Fabrications.”

“As reporters in court never published the reality of the defence, but mainly reported on the prosecution’s attacks, I was forced to write this book and so uncover the truth,” the economist told BIRN.

Her husband, urologist Lutfi Dervishi, and her son, Arban, were respectively sentenced to eight and seven years in prison. Three others were convicted and sentenced in the case as well.

Prosecutors said around 30 illegal kidney transplants took place at the clinic in Prishtina in 2008. Poor people from Turkey, Russia, Moldova and Kazakhstan were offered up to 15,000 euro for their organs for which recipients, mostly Israelis, paid more than 70,000 euro.

Dervishi’s main argument in the book is that the clinic had a license to perform organ transplants from the UN mission in Kosovo, UNMIK. The defence also argued this, but the court rejected it as a point, saying the operations were clearly illegal under Kosovo’s own laws.

Dervishi avoids the issue of the organ trafficking scheme and does not blame the EULEX prosecutor in the case, either. Her argument is that the local authorities “violated the law” in handing the case over to EULEX.

She also believes that “an inter-state conspiracy between Russia, Serbia and EULEX” was behind the clinic’s downfall.

While her arguments about the case are debatable, Dervishi writes convincingly of the effect that the case had on her family.

“I wanted new generations to know what exactly happened and what an intellectual family very unfairly went through,” she writes.

It is not clear how many copies of the book have been printed. However, she said the level of interest amongst readers inside and outside Kosovo had been “extraordinary.

“Maybe I will re-publish it,” she concluded.

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