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Ex-Hague prosecutor alleges organ trafficking in Kosovo

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Del Ponte: The Hunt

Del Ponte: The Hunt
The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kosovo reacted on Friday to a letter from Human Rights Watch where they were asked to investigate the allegations in Carla Del Ponte’s book about alleged organ trafficking in the aftermath of the Kosovo war.

Nekibe Kelmendi, currently Minister of Justice and a reputable Kosovar lawyer, told journalists in Prishtina that allegation about organ trafficking immediately after the war “are pure fabrications made by Del Ponte or perhaps Serbia herself”

Kelmendi stresses that she has met with Carla Del Ponte four times and she never mentioned these allegations to her. “If she knew of such cases then she should be charged with withholding evidence and hiding these crimes,” Kelmendi said. Former Chief Prosecutor of Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Carla Del Ponte, published a book in Italian in the beginning of this month. Many weeks before the book reached Italian bookshops, it was available for Serbian journalists who chose to publish selective excerpts that mainly dealt with Kosovo and the Kosovo Liberation Army.

In the book called “The Hunt: Me and War Criminals”, Carla Del Ponte claims she had received information saying Kosovo Albanians were involved in organ trafficking. According to Serb media, the information provided to Del Ponte alleged three hundred Serbs where kidnapped in Kosovo and then transported to a remote town in Albania where their organs were removed and sold to wealthy patients around the world. Del Ponte writes that her subordinates gave up this case because further investigation could not be implemented.

The allegations have already been sharply denied by former Kosovar and Albanian officials. Ahmet Isufi, a former KLA commander and now deputy leader of the political party Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, told journalists that no such crimes were carried out and that he believed these undocumented allegations were nothing more than political. He was also quoted as saying: “The case Del Ponte, if we can speak in the softest terms, is a case that needs psychiatric treatment.”

Earlier this week Swiss authorities decided to stop the promotion of the book and ordered Del Ponte to return as soon as possible to Argentina where she is Swiss ambassador. Swiss officials said Del Ponte had included within her book information which an official of the Swiss government should not be allowed to state publicly.

The allegations have caused fierce reactions among Albanians in both Kosovo and Albania. Most of the reactions emphasize that Albania does not have any hospital where organ transplantation can be implemented. They also cannot believe that this could have been kept secret when the information provided suggests tens or even hundreds of people were involved in this operation.

A commentator from Tirana writes: “This madness coming from Del Ponte shocks us. The anti-Albanian hate this woman has been cultivating puts in doubt her independence and objectivity as Chief Persecutor when it comes to investigating crimes committed in Kosovo.” Commentators are unanimous that Del Ponte used these undocumented allegations as a gimmick to sell the book, and they all agree that this is going to be used by Serbs to enforce the victim mentality promoted by current prime minister of Serbia, Vojislav Kostunica. It is also claimed that Del Ponte, with these undocumented, sensational allegations, wanted to shift focus from her failures as Chief Prosecutor to the Kosovo Albanians. During her time at the ICTY, Carla Del Ponte did not manage to bring to justice Serb war criminals Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, believed to be the masterminds behind the Srebrenica massacre where 8 000 Bosnia boys and men were massacred.

The book has also attracted attention in Del Ponte’s native country, Switzerland. In its Thursday edition, Neue Zürcher Zeitung reports about the source of these allegations. According to this Swiss influential newspaper, the allegations are most likely based on an inquiry conducted by a team of journalists back in 1999. The newspaper claims to know who these journalists are. When the journalists could not advance further their investigation, they gave up but at the same time informed ICTY.

Pandeli Majko, Albanian Prime Minister during the Kosovo war, reacted with disbelief while talking to the newspaper and explained that he never had information about something like this happening after the war.

The newspaper criticizes Del Ponte for publishing these unproven allegations and goes on with saying that Del Ponte has created a Frankenstein myth that will circulate in the Balkans for a long time.

There is scepticism about the accuracy of these claims also among experts on the Balkans and the ICTY. Mirko Klarin, an authority on the tribunal and Balkan war crimes at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, described Del Ponte's allegations as "irresponsible and appalling ... This is more journalistic than prosecutorial. She shouldn't put rumours in her book." Serb human rights activist, Natasa Kandic, says allegations of organ-smuggling are "rumours". "I talked to [Del Ponte] many times, she never told me about this," said Kandic to Daily Telegraph.

Comments (12)

tafil22 said:

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albanian and kosovan never ever been terrorist but some people how righting here suportin sllobodan milloshevic becose him wosen terrorist and thier sons and her girll friend carla delponte righting now and suporting war crime
some people how dosen know how they coming from they dosen know what country are and living in albania suporting sllobodan and this pople call goran
 
May 14, 2009
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Albanian4lfie said:

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you know what to all of you Serb fans, after loosing the battler, and commiting so many horrible war crimes, how dare you act now like the victim? You know very well why the imige of Serbia is what it is today, because some of your leader choose to be monsters and take thousends of lives. Thanks god there is a place called America, otherwise serbia would have marched all over ballkan just like Nazis did a century ago and commited more horrible crimes. KLA was fromed to protect civilians, and if you whining about a fictional 300 serbs, well take a look again at the nuber, you will find thousends of bosnians and kosovars killed from the serb Monsters. Your crimes brok up your republic, so face the facts and get a life, if you would have treated people right, just like Tito treated kosovo, you might have had a state by now, however the other powers realize that you are incapable of governing, that's why serbis is where it is right now. Look at the history and you will understand the future, 2 WW started in serbia, maybe it's time for the world to disolve the satain state!
 
April 14, 2008
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Filip said:

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KOSOVO JE SRBIJA. Kosovo will NEVER be independent in the minds of those who are correct
 
April 14, 2008
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Arben said:

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Sure, of course, "the Albanian mafia", "The mighty Albanian who if they left will conquer the world and rape women all over the world", "The Albanians who are druglords, warlords" etc etc etc... And the kidney goes to .......... the man over there from xyz wealthy state with 2 million dollars. Carla del Ponte wants attention. Why she didn't investigate this when she was on top of the judicial system ? Who was implicated and where did the organs go if there was such traffiking ? What about the criminals of Belgrade that have yet to report to Hague ? This is a pure paid book by the Serbian circles to spread false propaganda just like they did before the NATO bombing. No one listened to them then, because there was no proof and no one soon will listen to you Ms. Del Ponte that during your tenure the only thing you're responsible for is your irresponsibility for slowering the process of peace in the balkans.
 
April 14, 2008
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voice said:

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Of course it is difficult for Carla del Ponte or any prosecutor to prove crimes committed by Albanian terrorists because they are professional criminals and they don't leave traces behind their crimes. They are not so stupid like Serbs to commit crimes in front of CNN cameras and leave evidences and witnesses that are not only used to send them to the Hague but also to make material for world-wide propaganda against Serbian people. You all know what is the image of Serbs in the world - it is all so negative and horrifying and I nothing nice was said about Serbs for the last 15 years. And then look at Haradinaj - the hero of Kosovo - all the important witnesses for his crimes were killed after the war in Kosovo so that there are no evidences against him now. This is how the professionals are doing it, especially if they have support of US government and other European "democracies" who have been so successful in hiding their own crimes for centuries now.
For normal people all over the world (including honest American citizens) it is enough to hear that US government is behind something (like creation of new Kosovo state) to immediately know how it was done. Kosovo is just one example, there were many in the 20th century and even today in Afghanistan and Iraq, we all know how America is ruling the world and what methods and propaganda they are using. Just remember prisons in Guantanamo!
I am ashamed of being a European when I know that our governments are nothing more but American satelites and servants. It is no wonder that Del Ponte's book was banned in Switzeland, she works for the government and she can't do or say anything that is not in their interest or interest of America's protegees. It was decided that the war of the Kosovo Liberation Army had to be presented as positive and justified and everything that doesn't fit in that story will be banned, eliminated and covered - Del Ponte's book, Haradinaj's crimes, involvement of Albanian mafia, witnesses etc. Did you notice that only former European or US officials are criticizing the world's policy on Kosovo - that is because they were told to shut up while they were in active service.
On the other hand the propaganda against Serbia is still supported and spread by the Western world,even though Serbian people got rid of Slobodan Milosevic (themselves), sent more people to the Hague than any other country in the ex-YU and for almost 10 years now has democratic government. But even those democrats are still being presented as serbian nationalists!
Natasa Kandic, human rights activist, was mentioned many times here. Yes, Serbia also has Natasa Kandic and many other people who are talking openly about Serbian war crimes . Should Natasa Kandic also talk about Albanian crimes? Where are such people in Albanian community? I am following the situation in Kosovo for years now and I never heard any single person from Albanian community talking about Albanian crimes. It doesnt mean that they were never committed!
 
April 14, 2008
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roberto r said:

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well, another major hate fest, just like at B92, except with the "s" word. something tells me that carla del ponte's new book is not going to usher in a new era of harmony and understanding... in the balkans.

i hope to god that this is all a big hoax and lie. i never heard any such rumors, until now; and i follow these things as close as is humanly possible. and our frnd natasa kandic has also never heard about this from del ponte -- how can such a thing be explained? ok, del ponte might not have enough evidence to prosecute, but to not mention it to this highly respected human rights crusader with the most impeccable credentials in the balkans? i just cannot fathom such a possibility.

now, here is my "insider" scoop -- we have a close relationaship with a highly regarded journalist in the balkans, who for now must go unnamed. he has had the lowest opinion of del ponte, for quite some time, if it matters. just after i read these accusations on b-92 (and let me say i was disgusted with how they handled this "news" item and ensuing comments: "i'd rather have an albanian eat my liver with a bottle of cianti than vote for those US presidential candidates..." you get the idea), i wrote to this journalist. his very terse response: such rumors had surfaced in 1999, but obviously he didn't put much store in them.

at any rate, why, in god's name, would she wait until now to make the accusations public, and put them into some kind of tell-all book?? i mean this is no small matter; if true, it could classify as one of the more horrendous crimes of the period, really unspeakable. BUT -- if it is a big fat LIE, then shouldn't del ponte have to go to court and get sued up the wazuee?? is it okay just to write up such unfounded horror stories, and justify it by saying: i'm just reporting the facts, not making any conclusions...? me thinks not.

and speaking of body organs, has anyone ever read about the story of peter sutovic? a very mysterious and questionable death in belgrade, whose body was returned to his native england, minus heart and other vital organs? this is no joke, check it out at the peter sutovic home site... his mother was a human rights lawyer who often represented opponents of milosevic...

to peace and better days...

robert-0 from frisco
 
April 14, 2008
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Bryan said:

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Large scale higly organised corruption often involves Government officials who have the power to cover their tracks quite effectively. In this situation we have a Terrorist organisation that has subdued America by serving it's secret Global War agenda. The same faction of Terrorists in Serbian Kosovo now claim that they are appalled and shocked by the allegations of human organ trafficking. Such a reaction is no doubt an obvious outcry of defensive mechanisms engineered to dispell any involvemet on the part of the current proxy Kosovo Government.
 
April 13, 2008
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Srba said:

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BINGO!! It is very simple go back and read Serbian documents from Kosovo war and listen witnesses from Kosovo war then you will believe in Karla de Ponte book. Those Serbian people never were given chance to talk about or to open any legal case because big bosses don’t want to hear and prove justice, simply it’s don’t benefit them. They fear from justice showing double standards and organized crimes together with Albanian pupils. Albanian fascist did many monstrous crimes against Serbs and those crimes were hidden by evil of the world or you can call them “great power” those great power with USA on the top want to establish own goals an there is no price how many and how Serbs will be killed to establish it’s interest. This is shame what happened to world justice and shame to the world to have a court as an ICC in Hag to process war crimes for former Yugoslavia. Entire world know that Serbs are victims. Serbs wanted to live in one country and they fight for this country Yugoslavia. Serbs were protecting all constitutional right of former Yugoslavia ,but international community made all illegal activities legal and destroyed country. Serbs are victims and refugees from Kosovo, Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia they lost everything but no one questioned those crimes and loses. In former Yugoslavian mess every one nation has rights on secession on independence but not Serbian people what a jock what a justice. Does this monsters in the world believe it will stay forever, I don’t think so. Serbian people were 500 years under Ottomans and liberated them self and I’m certain Serbians will defeat current evil in a much shorter time then 500 years. Shame to USA for staying behind all this crimes , shame to USA for taking sides and slicing former Yugoslavia and now slicing Serbia. Even with hiding all crimes committed against Serbian people most of the world know that USA have hands full of Serbian blood.
That’s thank you to the Serbian people for bleeding in ww1 and ww2 to protect USA interest. Now go ahead and take out from poor Serbians few more kidneys and then kill them to take rest of the organs and let Albanian fascist to make few more dollars to secure payments for independent state.
Thank you USA
 
April 13, 2008
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James from London said:

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to both comentators above,

even if the KLA aotheorities at the time had in mind of doing something like this, a country like albania coule have never facilitated something of that scale logistically, rumours would have broken and the whole oppertation would have not gotten anywhere.

But above all, KAL did not have the means to fight in on the mointains, they had a amateour radio and nothing else. that was all they had. and by the way ow hard it is for a bunch of sebs to stage up some suing case for del ponte simply so that people like you could you use it. So guys wake up, do not abuse with stupid words, maybe you need to grow up a litle bit.

thanks
 
April 13, 2008
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Flamuri said:

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Icezero,
Did you testify in Hague about the 32 non-albanians shot dad? You don't mention specifically if you saw, heard or knew they were shot. You say you remember!!??? I remember hoe in " Povratak Otpisanih" Tihi killed a german, but I didn't see it. I only remember him telling Prle that hi did it....
Aleksandar Simovic sounds like a serb name...clearly. Did he live in Kosova during the war? Did he hav albanian neighbours who "disappeared" during the spring of 1999??? I am sure he did. Did he denounce anyone? I am sure he didn't. That's his connection to the war. You know, if it was like you say "no connection to the war", I feel bad for his family...I really do. But this was probably a revenge from a guy who lost his entire family and just wanted to take it out on a guy called Simovic, or Nikolic, or...
But we are debating what Carla Del Ponte is saying and whether she can prove this or not.

Jack from Australia (The kangaroo Jack),
If she knew these "crimes" were going on, then she has more to worry about than being sued by serbs (same ones who sued Clinton, Solana, Blair etc...). Do you know what happens when a prosecutor withhelds the evidence? Well, she gets linched. But, a million dollar question here is: Do you know what happens to a prosecutor who claims that cirimes were commited but can't prove? She's full of shit and she's history.
She's just trying to get a remedy for not being able to prove shit against Haradinaj and Co. How do you write a book so vague and blurry that even you can't explain what the hell happened? How do you explain that Switzerland didn't let her promoto her book in Milano? They knew she's full of it. She used this for her own benefit and to stir more hate in the Balkan's mix.
Let me give you a rundown of KLA leaders. TWO are former PMs...and is a PM in Kosova.
And while you look up from down under, you can see they have balls to deal with the likes of CDP and you...
You're an idiot!
 
April 13, 2008
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Jack from Australia said:

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This is a great example of cheap propaganda and a pathetic attempt at journalism by this website.

Let’s get one thing clear, Carla Del Ponte is being sued by the Serbs of Kosovo. So there is no favoritism going on.
She is as anti Serb as any cold blooded albanian!
She is being sued because she KNEW that the Albanian terrorists were committing these acts of horror and she did nothing about it!

Of course all the Albanians would deny these claims, because the current leadership of Kosovo is ruled by the same monsters that committed and organized these crimes!
So their denial of these accusations has no credibility what so ever. In fact, it’s a sad joke

This IS the most monstrous crime since the times of Mengele.
Unfortunately, this only one of hundreds of crimes committed by the Albanian monsters, and is the norm for Albanians.
Hopefully this will focus some more attention on these issues.
The world cannot close its eyes forever!

 
April 13, 2008
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Icezero said:

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I think it is time for Kosovars to accept that KLA fighters were not angels. It would be easier to build a trust with Serbians if you clean up your own ranks.

Wars in the Balkans were dirty wars. Kosovo is no exception. I was in Pristina in June 1999 and remember clearly 27 June when 32 non-Albanians were shot dead.

Few weeks later, Aleksandar Simovic, a friend of mine with no connection whatsoever with a war was abducted from a jazz club only his dead body to come out in 2003 close to Kacanik. I spoke with his parents afterwards and they saw a UNMIK patologist report stating that he was severely beaten and tortured with multiple fractions all over his body.

I don't think new Kosovo state should be based on crimes. Albanians should clean their ranks and distance themselves from the criminals.

 
April 13, 2008
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