"Independent body should conduct probe"
STRASBOURG -- Investigation into human organ trade should be conducted by an independent institution and not by EULEX, says Council of Europe (CoE) Rapporteur Dick Marty.
He explained that it was not because he did not have confidence in EULEX but because “an authority which is probably from outside Kosovo” was necessary for investigation of Kosovo political circles’ connection with organized crime.
After the resolution on human organ trade in Kosovo had been adopted in the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), Marty explained that it was necessary to provide full protection of witnesses and called on the Albanian authorities to cooperate in the investigation.
“It’s not that I don’t have confidence in everybody who work in EULEX and I’ve said in my report that there are people of great value there, but another solution needs to be found when an investigation of persons who have high political responsibility in the country should be investigated, an authority that is probably from outside Kosovo, completely independent and that’s the key problem,” the CoE rapporteur pointed out.
He also stressed that it was therefore necessary to guarantee full witness protection because recent past had showed that witnesses had not been adequately protected in Kosovo and mentioned Jean Charles Gardetto’s report on witness protection.
“If EULEX should deal with this problem, additional funds should be provided and as far as procedure is concerned, especially witness protection, it should have much more funds at its disposal than it has had until now,” Marty added.
He stated that his report pointed to serious problems in Kosovo’s judicial institutions and that some ruling political circles were suspected of having close ties with organized crime.
“I believe this should be a subject of a deep analysis, we can speak about EULEX, international criminal court, but I think that Kosovo Albanians are primarily the ones that should solve the problem. I think that Kosovo civilian society’s reaction is necessary,” the Swiss politician said.
He stressed that his report was not about the independence of Kosovo but that it was only about the protection of human rights and implementation of EULEX’s Human Rights Convention.
“Political issue regarding independence was not the subject of the report at all,” the CoE rapporteur pointed out.
Commenting on Albanian PM Sali Berisha’s accusations that he was “a spokesman of Serbian ultra nationalistic circles” and that there was a “racist and anti-Albanian hysteria”, Marty said that such statements “are not worthy of a prime minister”.
“I can understand that badly informed citizens can have such position, but somebody who is the head of the country should be more careful with such statements,” he stressed.
Marty believes that “the reaction is a sign of weakness” and a “sign that he has not cooperated enough so far, and Berisha knows it”.
“I only hope that the Albanian authorities will truly cooperate in the search for truth, especially in search for the missing persons,” he said and added that he UN special representative for the missing persons had criticized the Albanian authorities over insufficient cooperation in the search for the missing after the conflict in Kosovo.
The CoE rapporteur noted that he had never intended to criticize the Albanian people and assessed that Berisha “probably has not even read his report”.
“I differentiate between political authorities that did not make certain decision and the Albanian people. Those are two completely different things,” he told Beta news agency.
When asked whether it was true that he was under police protection during last week’s PACE meeting, Marty said that “the first rule of security is not to talk about it”.
nedelja 30.01.2011 | 15:49 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) says that PM's statement that teachers’ requests would jeopardize economic stability is a “pinnacle of hypocrisy”.
nedelja 30.01.2011 | 14:59 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia can get the EU candidate status in December, said Head of the Serbian government's EU Integration Office Milica Delević.
nedelja 30.01.2011 | 12:33 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Čedomir Jovanović said Saturday that Serbia needed changes now that pre-election year had started.
nedelja 30.01.2011 | 11:04 | Source: Blic | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia does not want the issue of Kosovo to block its EU path, we want to provide permanent peace, says Head of the Serbian negotiating team Borko Stefanović.
nedelja 30.01.2011 | 11:02 | Source: Dnevnik | Comments: (15) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Russian Ambassador to Serbia Aleksandr Konuzin has stated that there is no reason for NATO’s further expansion because it will create new divisions.
nedelja 30.01.2011 | 10:14 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian PM Mirko Cvetković will hand over Serbia’s answers to the EC questionnaire in Brussels tomorrow.
nedelja 30.01.2011 | 09:26 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
Serbian PM Mirko Cvetković says teachers' demands are unrealistic and that the government will not make concessions that would undermine economic stability.
subota 29.01.2011 | 15:24 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Albanian Acting Ombudsman Florina Nuni agrees that it is necessary to fully and objectively investigate the claims from CoE Rapporteur Dick Marty’s report.
subota 29.01.2011 | 14:39 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Justice Minister Snežana Malović says that Croatia has sent an updated list of 1,549 persons who have been charged and convicted in Croatia.
subota 29.01.2011 | 13:49 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković will hand the answers to the European Commission (EC) questionnaire to EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule on Monday.
subota 29.01.2011 | 13:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
SKOPJE -- Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dačić is visiting Macedonia on January 28 and 29.
subota 29.01.2011 | 12:52 | Source: Blic | Comments: (23) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Council of Europe (CoE) Rapporteur Dick Marty is negotiating witness protection guarantees with EULEX, it has been confirmed.
subota 29.01.2011 | 10:58 | Source: Beta, Politika | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Outgoing Health Minister Tomica Milosavljević says that his resignation is not an attempt of G17 Plus leader Mlađan Dinkić to topple the government.
subota 29.01.2011 | 09:54 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The EU will keep helping Serbia harmonize its Law on Personal Data Protection with EU regulations, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Vincent Degert said.
subota 29.01.2011 | 09:42 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
VIENNA -- OSCE should support an international investigation into human organ trade in Kosovo, Russian Permanent Representative to the OSCE Anvar Azimov said Friday.
petak 28.01.2011 | 18:50 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Health Minister Tomica Milosavljević has resigned, saying the decision came "for deeply personal reasons".
petak 28.01.2011 | 15:22 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- EULEX prosecutors have begun a preliminary investigation into the allegations made in CoE Rapporteur Dick Marty's report on organ trafficking in Kosovo.
petak 28.01.2011 | 15:20 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Restitution Network has expressed dissatisfaction with government’s answers to the EC questionnaire regarding the return of seized property.
petak 28.01.2011 | 13:47 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
SJENICA -- Bosniak List leader Esad Džudžević has stated that the list maybe will not participate in the upcoming elections for the Bosniak National Council.
petak 28.01.2011 | 12:40 | Source: B92 | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- More than half a billion dinars from Kolubara Coal Mine have been donated to various associations over the past few years even though the mine suffered losses.
petak 28.01.2011 | 12:40 | Source: Tanjug, Glas Srpske | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Justice Minister Snežana Malović says an impartial and thorough Kosovo organ trafficking probe cannot be take place without offering full security to witnesses.
petak 28.01.2011 | 11:06 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (26) | Send comment
NOVI PAZAR -- Islamic Community in Serbia Chief Mufti Muamer Zukorlić says "Serb children will not be forced to celebrate Muslim holidays once Sandžak gains autonomy".
petak 28.01.2011 | 11:06 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The European Data Protection Day will be marked in Serbia for the first time in 2011.
petak 28.01.2011 | 10:49 | Source: Financial Times | Comments: (42) | Send comment
LONDON -- The Financial Times writes today that the EU and U.S. are expected to allow the investigation into organ trade in Kosovo after the Marty report was adopted.
četvrtak 27.01.2011 | 16:56 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian government adopted the ministries’ answers to the European Commission (EC) questionnaire today.
četvrtak 27.01.2011 | 16:37 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (19) | Send comment
ADDIS ABABA -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić thanked on Thursday African countries for their support to Serbia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
četvrtak 27.01.2011 | 13:10 | Source: B92 | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Schools and Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) are marking St. Sava’s Day today, honoring St. Sava who was the founder of education and church in these parts.
četvrtak 27.01.2011 | 10:50 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (17) | Send comment
STRASBOURG,BELGRADE -- Serbian President Boris Tadić has called for an urgent investigation into organ trade while EULEX is waiting for CoE Rapporteur Dick Marty to produce evidence.
četvrtak 27.01.2011 | 10:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- PM Mirko Cvetković says he expects a detailed investigation to follow the adoption of the PACE resolution on the allegations of organ trafficking in Kosovo.
četvrtak 27.01.2011 | 10:27 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (48) | Send comment
FRANKFURT -- CoE Rapporteur Dick Marty said that the EU mission in Kosovo, EULEX, in its current incarnation, is powerless to investigate organ trafficking.
četvrtak 27.01.2011 | 09:58 | Source: B92, Blic, Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- An adviser to the current chief Hague Tribunal prosecutor says it was Carla Del Ponte's office that destroyed evidence in the Kosovo organ trade case.
četvrtak 27.01.2011 | 09:38 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
STRASBOURG -- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Wednesday adopted three resolutions related to the former Yugoslavia region.
četvrtak 27.01.2011 | 09:34 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
STRASBOURG -- Serbia must appoint at least one woman to its PACE delegation before the start of the April session, or have its voting rights suspended.
sreda 26.01.2011 | 16:52 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A reduction in the number of parliament members would result in less seats for minorities, it was heard in Belgrade on Wednesday.
sreda 26.01.2011 | 15:55 | Source: FoNet, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
STRASBOURG -- Serbian President Boris Tadić has stated that Serbia is prepared for the dialogue with Priština.
sreda 26.01.2011 | 15:41 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- An association of families of kidnapped and missing Kosovo Serbs has called on prosecutions and courts to react in the wake of the CoE resolution.
sreda 26.01.2011 | 15:35 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (12) | Send comment
VIENNA -- Serbia's FM Vuk Jeremić told an Austrian magazine that it was "hard to imagine" Serbs would be forced to choose between EU membership and Kosovo.
sreda 26.01.2011 | 15:09 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Ivica Dačić says the ruling Democrats (DS) and the opposition SNS could form a government together even though they are political opponents.
sreda 26.01.2011 | 11:47 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
STRASBOURG -- After the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted Dick Marty’s report on Tuesday both Belgrade and Priština eagerly expect the investigation.
sreda 26.01.2011 | 10:26 | Source: B92, Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (10) | Send comment
STRASBOURG -- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is today in Strasbourg debating three more resolutions.
sreda 26.01.2011 | 10:19 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić will pay a two-day visit to Ethiopia starting on Thursday, it has been announced.
sreda 26.01.2011 | 10:15 | Source: Blic, NIN, Tanjug | Comments: (35) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- CoE Rapporteur Dick Marty says the Hague Tribunal made a mistake when it destroyed evidence connected to the Kosovo organ trafficking.
utorak 25.01.2011 | 16:57 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (45) | Send comment
STRASBOURG -- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today in Strasbourg voted to adopt a resolution based on the Marty report.
utorak 25.01.2011 | 16:47 | Source: Beta | Comments: (9) | Send comment
NOVI PAZAR -- The Islamic Community in Serbia announced that it would inform international institutions of the problem of celebrating an Orthodox Christian holiday.
utorak 25.01.2011 | 16:44 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
STRASBOURG -- A delegation of "organizations of war veterans of the KLA" was in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
utorak 25.01.2011 | 15:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Boris Tadić sent on Tuesday a telegram of condolence to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in the wake of Monday's terrorist attack in Moscow.
utorak 25.01.2011 | 13:10 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (17) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The EP rapporteur for Kosovo says the recently adopted resolution "envisages that Serbia should start dialogue with Kosovo without initiating status talks".
utorak 25.01.2011 | 09:36 | Source: BBC, Guardian.co.uk | Comments: (59) | Send comment
LONDON -- A London newspaper has published leaked NATO documents that describe Kosovo Albanian PM as one of the "biggest fish" in organized crime in Kosovo.
utorak 25.01.2011 | 09:29 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in Brussels on Monday that the number of KFOR soldiers troops in Kosovo would be halved as of March 1.
utorak 25.01.2011 | 09:25 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Council for European Integration examined on Monday the draft answers to the Questionnaire sent by the European Commission.
ponedeljak 24.01.2011 | 19:26 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (34) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- 35 people died today at Moscow's Domodedovo airport in a suicide bomber attack, Russian officials have confirmed.
ponedeljak 24.01.2011 | 15:58 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- The Kosovo Central Election Commission announced on Monday the preliminary results of the elections in Kosovo.
ponedeljak 24.01.2011 | 15:57 | Source: Danas, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
The CoE Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) determined that there is almost no effective control over the financing of political parties in Serbia.
ponedeljak 24.01.2011 | 15:50 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (30) | Send comment
BERN -- Dick Marty says that his report on Kosovo human organ trafficking caused such a stir "because it is credible, and hit a raw nerve".
ponedeljak 24.01.2011 | 13:35 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says Serbia's inner political conflicts regarding EU integration "need to stop".
ponedeljak 24.01.2011 | 11:26 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (16) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A former UNMIK Forensics and Missing Persons Office chief says the Marty report offers a sufficient number of facts for initiation of a criminal investigation.
ponedeljak 24.01.2011 | 10:57 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac stated late on Sunday that Serbia will soon sign a security agreement with the EU.
ponedeljak 24.01.2011 | 10:56 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (16) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Voting was repeated in the town of Kosovska Mitrovica on Sunday without major incidents, but with a low turnout, said reports.
ponedeljak 24.01.2011 | 09:16 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will today start a debate on the Kosovo organ trafficking resolution submitted by Dick Marty.