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Trafficking in human organs in Kosovo: “Truth’s onward march continues also in this case”

“Six days ago I welcomed that truth’s onward march continues in the case of the illegal CIA detentions, following the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in two cases against Poland. Today I welcome that in the case of trafficking in human organs in Kosovo truth’s onward march also continues”, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) President Anne Brasseur said today.

“Chief Prosecutor of the European Union Special Investigative Task Force (SITF), Clint Williamson, yesterday made a statement on his preliminary investigative findings. Although no final conclusions have as yet been presented, SITF has found compelling evidence to file indictments against certain former senior officials of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) with respect to major human rights violations, findings that are largely based on and consistent with Dick Marty’s report presented to the Parliamentary Assembly in 2011”, Anne Brasseur added. 

“In its Resolution on this subject (Resolution 1782 (2011), § 15) the Assembly emphasised that there cannot be one justice for the ‘winners’ and another for the ‘losers’. ‘Whenever a conflict has occurred, all criminals must be prosecuted and held responsible for their illegal acts, whichever side they belonged to and irrespective of their political role.’ It is reassuring to me that the SITF is characterised by a high level of professionalism, and I note with satisfaction that the EU is giving the necessary support to combat organised crime uncompromisingly to ensure that justice is done, without any considerations of political expediency. I note, with regret the existence, in certain quarters, of a climate of witness intimidation and I call on the authorities of Serbia, Albania and the Kosovo administration to co-operate unreservedly with ongoing investigations”, PACE President concluded.

All reference to Kosovo in this text, whether to the territory, institutions or population, shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.