CoE appoints organ trade rapporteur

STRASBOURG -- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Wednesday appointed Swiss MP Dick Marty rapporteur on the trafficking in human organs.

He will be investigating accusations presented in the book written by former Chief Hague Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte.

The Council of Europe (CoE) thus formally took over the investigation the allegations. The Del Ponte said in her book she believed the victims in the trafficking in human organs were predominantly persons of Serb nationality kidnapped in Kosovo after the 1999 war.

Following the publication of the book, Marty spoke to Swiss media, expressing grave concern over her human organ trafficking allegations, which she claimed some of the current leaders of Kosovo Albanians, including Hashim Thaci, had been involved in.

The Swiss MP announced he would soon visit the region in order to make up a draft report. His task should be completed in two years' time at the latest.

Marty acquired wide renown following his report released last year on CIA secret prisons in Europe and kidnappings and illegal transportation of persons suspected of terrorist activities.

Several governments in Europe were compelled to admit knowledge of these illegal activities conducted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the territories of their respective countries.