Friday, February 18, 2011

Evidence Of Kosovo Organ Trafficking Mount

It was party time in Kosovo this week as this quasi-country celebrated three years since the day it unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia.  But do Kosovo's ethnic Albanians have much to celebrate?  Unemployment is up in the stratosphere at about 40 percent.  Whatever economy exists is dependent on the IV of international aid, which keeps the so-called statelet financially feasible.  Amid all the economic gloom, Kosovo Albanians have had to deal with irritating reports their leadership was/is up to their elbows in organized crime and the gruesome trade in human organs.  And as the evidence mounts, the question is when will the West be forced to rein in their Kosovo quislings?

Reports of Kosovo 'freedom fighters' chopping up the epitome of evil, the Serbs, and trading their bits to the world's medically needy gained traction this week with fresh revelations revealed in UN documents obtained by the AP news agency. 

It makes for grim reading, a depressing reminder of the depravity of man.

The documents quote eight KLA 'freedom fighters' who fess up to UN sleuths that their leaders committing the crimes up to 2000, a year after Kosovo came under the wise, imperious rule of NATO and their junior partners at the UN.  

Sounding like some marketing guru, one source said the first surgeries to open up human and pull out their organs were done to "breach the market." 

The traffickers were able to rake in $45,000 per dismembered Serb body.

"The largest shipment was when they did 5 Serbs together. ... He said they took a fortune that time," the source said according to the document. "Other shipments were usually from two or three Serbs."

Along the way, palms were appropriately greased to make sure the moribund business ran smoothly. 

Airport officials at Rinas airport outside the Albanian capital, Tirana, and at the main airport in Instanbul were blinded with bribes.   

It was in Turkey were the 'i's were dotted and the 't' were crossed for the sale of heart, lungs, livers and kidneys.  

The sources quoted in the documents give some of the finer details of how they carried out crimes against humanity. 

According to the sources, unsuspecting Serbs were driven by vans and trucks to Albania.

There, they were plunked in 'detention centers.'  Some went through medical checks. 

One source said he was instructed by KLA superiors not to beat the prisoners.

Those medically fit to be disemboweled were sent to a home in northern Albania.

A source said he became suspicious when they were to deliver "a briefcase or a file with papers that would be given to the doctor when the captives were delivered" to the house.

"I thought about how this was the only house where I brought people, but never picked anyone up," one source testified. "It was around this time that I heard other guys talking about organs, kidneys, and trips from the house to the airport."

Here's one of the few video reports on that house that you'll find from the Western press, in this case, the Guardian.

As mentioned in the video, UN investigators found sundry medical supplies including syringes; empty containers of Tranxene, a muscle relaxant; chloraphenical, an antibiotic; and a piece of gauze similar to material used for surgical scrubs.

Splatters of blood were detected in the house as well, one in the kitchen, another in a storage room. 

An investigator worth his UN pay would probably conduct forensics test on those stains, but they never were and UN flaks at the time could not explain why not.

But it's illustrative of the lack of eagerness by Western institutions to investigate these charges thoroughly as the UN went through the motions of doing so briefly in 2004.

So, in this case, the 'reliability' of the witnesses and their detailed accounts was questioned.

In a letter dated Dec. 12, 2003, Paul Coffey, the top justice official in Kosovo at the time, wrote to Jonathan Sutch, the official in charge of Yugoslav tribunal investigations in Kosovo, that the alleged crimes were reported to the U.N. in Kosovo by "multiple sources of unknown reliability."

Coffey said the information was "based on interviews with at least eight sources, the credibility of whom is untested, all ethnic Albanians from Kosovo or Montenegro who served in the Kosovo Liberation Army."

The UN documents jive with the what Council of Europe investigate Dick Marty uncovered in his recent report issued in December.   

Here's Russia Today's take:

Given the gravity of the charges and the foot-dragging by NATO and the UN, it's not surprising that Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic has called on the UN Security Council to establish an independent international committee to investigate the charges. 

"For justice to be done, a full and independent criminal investigation of the reported allegations is essential, establishing an ad hoc investigating mechanism created by and accountable to the Security Council," he said in an address to the Security Council.

But of course if you aided and abetted the Kosovo Albanian "freedom fighters" and turned a blind eye to their gruesome crimes, the answer to Jeremic's reasonable request is no.

And that's what we got out of the mouths of the foot soldiers of power.  The UN ambassadors from France, Britain and, of course, the United States said the current anemic probe, which they are essentially overlooking through the European Union Rule of Law Mission or EULEX , would suffice.   

Listen to them sing from the same hymn sheet, courtesy of Serbia's B-92 radio station.

U.S. representative Rosemary DiCarlo said that Washington supports an independent and comprehensive investigation into Marty's claims carried out by EULEX, which has the jurisdiction and mandate in matter of war crimes, which it showed in the past.

DiCarlo noted that Washington does not believe an ad hoc investigating mechanism created by the UN is necessary in this case.

British representative in the UNSC Mark Lyall Grant said that the British government expects that the grave allegations made in Marty's report will be taken seriously and welcomes EULEX's decision to launch a preliminary investigation into the claims, as well as the willingness of the Kosovo and Albanian governments to cooperate with the investigators.

Incredible hubris.

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