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29.10.2011. / Republican Riot

Posted by Julia Gorin

Report linking Kosovo leader, organ harvesting being probed (AFP, Oct. 27)

“European prosecutors are probing a report that has linked Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci…with organ trafficking.”

THE REPORT is being probed. Not the crimes it outlines. So let’s be clear. When Serbian criminality — no matter how minor — is alleged, there are full — often international — manhunts, investigations, arrests and prosecutions. When Albanian criminality is alleged — no matter how major — those making the allegations are investigated, or “probed.” For just one illustration, compare the arrests by Serbia of persons implicated in the burning of the U.S. embassy in Feb. 2008 upon the U.S.-backed land seizure — to the arrests by the UN and Kosovo authorities in the province-wide mobs of March 2004, in which more than 50,000 Albanian participants killed over 30 people including several international peacekeepers (others were seriously wounded); injured hundreds including clergy; razed 35 churches; burned 800 homes; and cleansed 4,000 more Serbs. In the embassy case, 44 indictments against 80 people had been issued by Serbia by the following week. In the deadly riot case, one person was arrested a month after the pogroms and three years later one more person was arrested. A few other minor players were grudgingly rounded up and charged for misdemeanors, with none of the (politically protected) organizers indicted or punished. We won’t even get into all the still-unarrested Albanian granny-, farmer-, and baby-killers, bus-bombers, and assorted disembowelers.

Anyway, the article about the report being “probed” follows. Notice that an American prosecutor was appointed, serving a government with the most interest in seeing the investigation not seen through. Believe me, his mission is clear: he is to reach a predetermined conclusion about the report: namely, that it’s inconclusive, and can’t be pursued. As Liz, who circulated the item below, put it: “How much ‘probing’ will there be, knowing it’s led by an agent of NATO’s lead bombers of Serbia, on behalf of Albanian Muslims?”

The EU prosecutor probing a Council of Europe report that links prime minister Hashim Thaci to organ trafficking has started gathering data to initiate his own investigation, a statement said Friday.

“Williamson emphasized that this will be a complex investigation and will take time to complete,” said the statement, issued after his three-day visit to Kosovo. [Ah, another possible route — in case a real investigation becomes unavoidable: slow the process down long enough to secure the last, recalcitrant, free part of Kosovo under Albanian rule, without any potential hampering of the process via this organ business.]

EULEX in June set up a task force to start a preliminary investigation into the report by the Council of Europe.

The task force is composed of prosecutors and investigators and led by U.S. prosecutor Williamson, who is based in Brussels for the probe.

The Council of Europe report said that Thaci headed a Kosovo guerrilla faction which controlled secret detention centres in Albania where the organ trafficking allegedly took place in the aftermath of the 1998-99 war between the Kosovo Liberation Army guerrilla and Serbian forces. […]

Preceding an earlier item (below) on the appointment of an American to make the organs story go away, source Dragan wrote:

Once again, the US administration decides who will be the head of the further investigations….It would not be disturbing, but knowing the attitude of US towards Albanians in Kosovo, the so-called investigation is bound to be a failure in advance. In fact naming an American at the head of the “EU” team is just to say, “you see we’ve done all we could, but we did not find any evidence about mentioned crimes”.


Kosovo — A U.S. prosecutor will investigate claims that Prime Minister Hashim Thaci allegedly led a criminal network that sold organs of civilian captives during the 1998-99 Kosovo war, the EU’s rule of law mission to Kosovo said Monday.

John Clint Williamson was named “lead prosecutor” in a task force set up to investigate the allegations raised in a report last year by Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty….Williamson was the head of Kosovo’s Justice Department in 2001-2002…tasked with overseeing Kosovo’s prisons and the justice system. He then served as United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues.

Classified U.N documents, which were made public by The Associated Press earlier this year, suggest the United Nations mission in Kosovo was aware of the organ trafficking allegations as early as 2003 when alleged witness statements where made available to U.N. investigators.

U.N. authorities then briefly investigated the claims in 2004 but never launched a full-fledged probe.

So far, both the U.N. and EU’s rule of law mission…have maintained that their investigations into the alleged organ harvesting have failed to yield any evidence, but mounting pressure from Serbia and its ally Russia for a full investigation has brought the issue to international attention.

Because no one else gives a shit. And based on the AP’s eyeroll attitude in that last paragraph, that’s how it should be (i.e. the only reason we have to be bothered about disemboweled Serbs is the Serbs and Russians are making us). Yes, this was filed by Albanian reporter Nebi Qena. And naturally, she neglects to mention why no evidence was yielded — it was either destroyed, or access wasn’t allowed by non-cooperative officials in Kosovo and Albania. Then there’s that small, ever-present consideration for internationals working in Kosovo: constant threats which cause them to ask themselves, ‘Do I want to live to enjoy my fat retirement or not?”

One related item from July on the subject of Western enthusiasm for an organ-trade probe:

“Big powers against UN-mandate organ trafficking probe” (Tanjug )

The U.S., Britain and France are hindering Serbia’s request for the investigation into human organ trafficking in Kosovo to be conducted under the UN mandate.

This is according to Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić.

“Our request for the investigators to work with a mandate on the case of organ trafficking in Kosovo and Albania, and submit their reports to the UN Security Council, has unfortunately been hindered by those who have the institutional capacity to do that,” Jeremić told Belgrade-based daily Blic in an interview.

He identified those countries as the United States, Britain and France.

When asked about whether this “ruins the last chance to carry out an independent investigation under the mandate of the UN Security Council”, Jeremic said that “talks continued”.

“I would like to believe that, in the weeks to come, we will manage to overcome the obstacle and achieve progress. If that does not happen, it will be extremely difficult to resist the impression that there is something in the case of human organ trafficking in Kosovo that, for some reason, should by no means see the light of day.”

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