Wednesday, April 30, 2008

ALBANIAN MEDIA CORROBORATES CLAIMS OF HUMAN ORGAN TRAFFICKING IN ALBANIA

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Last Wednesday The Albanian Government slammed as "immoral inventions" allegations by Carla del Ponte that the Kosovo Liberation Army harvested organs from hundreds of Serbian prisoners at illegal hospitals in Albania.

"We regret that the former prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia ... could write a book full of immoral inventions and absurdities condemnable not only from the moral aspect, but also the penal... The invention of such things encourages groups of radicals, nationalists and does nothing but to incite hate and violence which represent a real danger for peace in the Balkans" Albanian Foreign Minister Lulezim Basha said at a news conference.

In Kosovo, a senior adviser to Hashim Thaci denied the allegations saying, "These are horrible things even to imagine ... this is a product of her imagination."

The Albanians consider del Ponte's allegations so absurd that they aren't going to dignify them with an investigation. Kosovo's justice minister, Nekibe Kelmendi told reporters "These are pure fabrications by del Ponte or by Serbia itself. I have had four private meetings with Carla del Ponte and she never once mentioned any such allegations."

While it is certainly true that Carla del Ponte has a propensity for making wild baseless allegations against Serbs, she has not shown the same malice towards Albanians.

The Albanians are feigning moral outrage because the separatist regime in Pristina is struggling to secure international recognition for its unlawful secession from Serbia. Revelations that Kosovo's political leadership butchered prisoners and sold their internal organs on the black market certainly won't help the Albanians reach their political objective.

Del Ponte's claim that the KLA harvested human organs from its Serbian prisoners is plausible because Kosovo and Albania have long been known as centers for the illegal trafficking of human organs. As the following news reports will show, there is a long history of illegal organ trafficking in Albania and Kosovo. The Albanian news media and Albanian officials spoke openly about the problem in the past, so you can see what their denials are worth today..... Story Continued

SerbBlog: Additional Info on illegal organ trafficking (prior to the del Ponte statements) can be found here:

POLARIS PROJECT: POLICE ARREST (Albanian) CHILD TRAFFICKERS

RADIO FREE EUROPE: THE PROBLEM OF ORGAN TRAFFICKING

BALKAN BLOG: LINKS TO OTHER ORGAN TRAFFICKING STORIES, ALBANIA, KOSOVO

SEE PORTAL: THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DISCUSSES ALBANIAN ORGAN TRANSPLANTS

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