September 26, 2022

No organised organ trafficking during Kosovo War – EU investigation

An EU investigation into organ trafficking in Albania is said to have found no evidence linking the Kosovo Liberation Army to forced organ harvesting.

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An EU investigation into organ trafficking in Albania is said to have found no evidence linking the Kosovo Liberation Army to forced organ harvesting.

A Kosovar television station reported this week that the EU team found no indication of an organised organ-harvesting racket. Cases of organ theft were isolated incidents carried out by individuals and not criminal groups, the station reported.

Serbian politicians and lobby groups have long alleged that the Prime Minister of Albania, Hashim Thaci, and other senior officials were involved in the forced harvesting of organs from captured Serbian soldiers in the 1998-1999 Kosovo War.

The findings of the new investigation – if the early reports are true – run contrary to a 2011 Council of Europe report linking Albanian guerrillas to forced organ-harvesting operations. 

No organised organ trafficking during Kosovo War – EU investigation
Xavier Symons
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