Doubts are emerging as to whether EU’s law and order mission to Serbia’s Kosovo province is capable of conducting an investigation in the Albanian organ trade.
Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Switzerland has voiced its opposition to any EULEX involvement into Albanian organ trade investigation by recommending that an “international commission” should look into the evidence.
Swiss Foreign Affairs Committee says that their decision was reached unanimously and they praised the work done by Dick Marty who wrote the Council of Europe report on the Albanian organ trade.
Serbia’s War Crimes Prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic is also recommending that independent investigators handle the Albanian organ trade case.
“It is obvious that not even Marty is satisfied with how EULEX has been working after ‘inheriting’ UNMIK,” Vukcevic said.
Vukcevic said that he is concerned about EULEX capabilities.
“I myself am concerned about EULEX’s capabilities. My position is that the proposal of the Human Rights Watch and Dick Marty on independent investigators could possibly be the best solution, and we are here to make a maximum contribution, just like we have done so far,” Vukcevic said.
Witnesses in prior war crimes cases involving Albanian separatists were killed after their names went public.
Fears are growing that witnesses in the Albanian organ trade will die as soon as their names are found in the EULEX files.
EULEX has been insisting that Dick Marty reveal to them the names of the witnesses of the Albanian organ trade.
Vukcevic said that issue of witnesses is a major one, assessing that the situation will change after the adoption of the resolution on witness protection by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.
Vukcevic also said that Serbia has not established relationship with the Turkish authorities on the arrests of Yusuf Sonmez who was the chief organ extractor for the Albanian owned organ trading clinic, the Medikus, in Pristina.
EULEX has already thrown out some evidence against Medikus during the opening debate because, ruled the EULEX judge, the evidence was seized in an search without a warrant.
Several doctors and a former high-level Kosovo Albanian Health Ministry officials are among the indicted in the Medikus illegal organ trading scheme.
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- Back in December 2010 Swiss senator Dick Marty who is also a reporter for the Council of Europe Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights presented a draft report which claimed that Prime Minister of Kosovo Mr. Thaçi had headed a mafia style organized crime ring in late 1990s that engaged into assassinations, beatings, organ trafficking and other crimes.