"KLA sold Kosovo Serb organs in Albania"
Source: B92, Beta
BELGRADE -- The prosecutor is to look into the sale of organs of Kosovo Serbs who vanished during and after the 1999 bombing.
“We are checking some informal statements we obtained through operative work that, in 1999, two trucks carrying imprisoned Kosovo Serbs were sent to Albania,” said War Crimes Prosecutor Vladimir Vukčević.
He said that the informal information had been obtained from Hague Tribunal investigators.
According to those sources, there are unregistered mass graves with bodies of murdered Serbs in Albania.
In her book, “The Hunt”, to be published in Italy on April 3, the former Hague Tribunal Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte states that, during investigations into war crimes committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA, against Serbs and other non-Albanians, the prosecutor’s office was informed that persons who disappeared during the Kosovo conflict were used in organ smuggling operations.
The office obtained information that UNMIK investigators and officials had received from groups of so-called reliable journalists, according to whom, Kosovo Albanians had transferred 300 Serb and other non-Albanian hostages in trucks to northern Albania in the summer of 1999.
Those prisoners were first imprisoned in camps in places like Kukes and Tropoje.
According to journalist sources, the younger and fitter prisoners were examined by doctors, got food and were not beaten. After that, they were kept in custody in other centers in Burel and the surrounding area.
One group was held in barracks behind a yellow house some twenty kilometers to the south of that town, states the former prosecutor.
One room in that yellow house, according to the journalists, served as an operation room where doctors extracted prisoners’ organs.
Afterwards, the organs, according to the sources, were sent abroad from Rinas airport near Tirana where they were used in transplantations for patients who had paid for it.
Daily Večerenje Novosti brings more details from the book, which says that the Hague and UNMIK investigators, and several journalist, along with an Albanian prosecutor, made a trip to the yellow house in 2003.
"It was now white," Del Ponte writes. "Despite the fact that investigators discovered traces of yellow paint on it, the owner denied it was ever repainted."
In its vicinity, investigators also found pieces of gauze, used syringes, two plastic IV solution bags, "petrified in mud", empty medicine bottles, including muscle relaxants used during surgeries.
Inside the house itself, forensics discovered traces of blood on the walls and on the floor in one of the rooms. A section of the floor, sized 180 by 60 centimeters, was clean.
"The owner of the house offered a series of explanations to the investigators when it came to the origin of the blood traces. First, he said that his wife gave birth in that room many years ago. But when the wife made her statement and said that all their children were born elsewhere, he claimed that his family used the room to slaughter animals in order to celebrate a Muslim holiday," Del Ponte writes.
As for the Albanian prosecutor who accompanied them, the former chief Hague prosecutor says he at one point bragged he had cousins who were KLA members.
"There are no graves of Serbs here," the Albanian official said. "But, if they took the Serbs from the Kosovo border and killed them, they did the right thing".
Describing detailed information she has on the matter, Del Ponte writes that detectives had had to give up on this case because further investigation had proved "impossible".
March 17, 2008 | 11:59 | Source: Beta | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BUJANOVAC -- Four people have been killed in a family home near Bujanovac last night, Beta reports.
March 17, 2008 | 16:59 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
THE HAGUE -- The start of the trial of Jovica Stanišić has been postponed because he failed to appear in court.
March 18, 2008 | 23:55 | Source: Beta | Comments: (9) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- 13 people, mostly passers-by, were wounded in a shootout in Priština tonight.
March 21, 2008 | 16:47 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
KNJAŽEVAC, BELGRADE -- Knjaževac Court President Dragiša Cvejić has died of injuries sustained in a bomb attack this morning, the Supreme Court confirmed.
March 18, 2008 | 11:14 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BANJA LUKA -- The family of Hague fugitive Stojan Župljanin has called on him to give himself up to the authorities.
March 18, 2008 | 12:08 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The War Crimes Prosecution has brought charges against Saša Đilerdžić and Goran Savić from Kraljevo.
March 18, 2008 | 12:13 | Source: Beta | Comments: (5) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- The Mercator Center in Novi Sad was evacuated today at around 0900 after receiving a bomb threat.
March 18, 2008 | 10:21 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
KRAGUJEVAC -- Radmilo Tošić, owner of the Centar exchange office was killed in the center of Kragujevac, in front of the District Court.
March 18, 2008 | 14:46 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
THE HAGUE -- The war crimes trial of ex-state security chief Jovica Stanišić has been adjourned until April 1.
March 18, 2008 | 15:47 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The trial for the murder of more than 200 Croatian war prisoners at Ovčara farm continued today behind closed doors.
March 20, 2008 | 15:58 | Source: Beta | Comments: (10) | Send comment
THE HAGUE -- The Hague expects “key help” from Serbia in finding the remaining war crimes fugitives, says Serge Brammertz.
March 18, 2008 | 10:08 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Srđa Popović said police had photographs of the suspects in question at the time of the late PM’s murder.
March 20, 2008 | 18:54 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
PEĆ -- Kosovo Serb war crimes suspect Momčilo Jovanović has been taken to Priština’s central prison.
March 20, 2008 | 16:26 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Milan Živanović has been questioned over his part in the American embassy fire in Belgrade.
March 21, 2008 | 09:20 | Source: SENSE | Comments: (0) | Send comment
THE HAGUE -- In his cross-examination of Emil Cakalić, Vojislav Šešelj said that “somebody’s mind ordered the shooting of 200 Croats."
March 21, 2008 | 16:27 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) activists were attacked last night in Novi Sad by an unidentified group of young men.
March 19, 2008 | 23:20 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
KRAGUJEVAC -- Nebojša Vukomanović, 36, a Kosovo Serb who was shot in the head in Kosovska Mitrovica, is in a serious condition.
March 19, 2008 | 12:58 | Source: Beta | Comments: (13) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Former Hague Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte says in her book that UNMIK hindered the Hague Tribunal’s work.
March 19, 2008 | 16:50 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Ovčara farm war crimes trial was closed to the public for the third day in a row.
March 19, 2008 | 16:46 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
ZAGREB -- Three witnesses from Serbia have testified via video link at the Medak Pocket war crimes trial.
March 17, 2008 | 15:11 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- An inmate at Belgrade District Prison Adnan Aljuši hung himself this morning, reports the Justice Ministry.
March 16, 2008 | 20:27 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian police (MUP) officers today confiscated more than 10 kilograms of heroin.
March 16, 2008 | 16:07 | Source: SENSE | Comments: (5) | Send comment
THE HAGUE -- The trial of Ante Gotovina and three other former Croatian generals continued at the Hague this week.
March 15, 2008 | 16:28 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (6) | Send comment
PEĆ -- Momčilo Jovanović, 58, arrested three days ago in western Kosovo, has been released.
March 15, 2008 | 19:04 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Belgrade's cooperation with the Hague – the actual condition for EU integration – is in the shadow of Kosovo and elections.
March 15, 2008 | 17:46 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (10) | Send comment
ROME -- The issue of NATO's responsibility for war crimes is explored in Carla Del Ponte's new book.