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War Crimes

Kosovo: an international tribunal could investigate allegations of organ trafficking

Kosovo’s government has given its support for the European project to create an international court judging crimes committed during and after the war between the secessionist Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) to Serbian forces of Slobodan Milosevic, between 1998 and 2000, said, Friday, April 11, the President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga. However, the law establishing the court, to be debated next week in the Parliament of Kosovo, is not without controversy.

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This court, in which serve international judges and prosecutors shall be based on the results of the investigation conducted by a special team of the mission of the European Union (EU) on the rule of law in Kosovo (EULEX). It was opened in 2011, following the report by Dick Marty, a Swiss senator appointed by the Council of Europe to investigate allegations of organ trafficking.

According to the report, more than 1,800 Albanian and Serb Kosovars have disappeared during the conflict and about 500 others, mainly Serbs, were removed after the war. Some were transferred to Albania and killed in order to seize their organs. Senator pointed members of the KLA belonging to the “Drenica Group” involved in the criminal …

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