Ex-UN prosecutor’s organ trading claims challenged

Linked with Carla del Ponte – Switzerland, and with Swiss block del Ponte over controversial book’s claims.

Published by Khaleej Times online, AFP, 16 April 2008.

GENEVA – Former UN war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte’s claim that Kosovo Albanians trafficked organs taken from Serbs during the 1998-1999 war cannot be backed up, her ex-aide said Wednesday.

Calling the claims “irresponsible” and “undignified,” Florence Hartmann told Swiss newspaper Le Temps that Del Ponte was ”presenting things which were impossible to prove as established facts.”

Hartmann said keeping the organs at the proper temperature and ”a lack of proper sanitary facilities made such practices extremely difficult.”

Del Ponte’s book entitled “The Hunt: Me and War Criminals” alleges those involved in the trafficking included leaders of the separatist Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) which fought Serbian forces at the time in mid-1999.


She said that around 300 prisoners were kidnapped and transported from Kosovo to Albania, where they were locked up and had their organs removed.

“These organs were then sent from Tirana airport to private clinics to be implanted in patients abroad who paid,” she said in the book.

The victims were deprived of a kidney before being imprisoned again in sheds or other buildings until they were killed for other vital organs, she wrote in the chapter “Kosovo 1999-2007” … (full text).

Links:

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia ICTY;

Kosovo leaders accused of organ trading;

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