Thursday, November 06, 2008

B92: Arrested Doctor Linked to Organ Harvesting of Serb Prisoners

BELGRADE -- Lufti Dervishi, a urologist from Kosovo, has been arrested on suspicion of performing illegal kidney transplants, daily Blic writes.

One witness in the investigation into the trafficking of organs of Serb prisoners from Kosovo in 1998, mentioned the doctor’s name in regards to the case, according to Blic.

“The witness told Serbian war crimes prosecutors that he saw Doctor Ljutvi Dervishi at locations where it was suspected that organs had been extracted from civilian prisoners and sold later,” Blic’s source stated.

“He was now arrested with a scalpel in his hand, and it's obvious that they have continued doing what they started doing to prisoners in 1998,” the source said.

The clinic was found after the Kosovo police questioned a Turkish citizen who aroused their suspicion because he said that he had come to Kosovo for medical treatment.

“He came on October 31 to Kosovo with a letter from his doctor stating that he would be treated for heart problems in Kosovo. A routine check at the airport confirmed that he had no money, which aroused police suspicions. He only had that doctor’s note and he looked suspicious. The police were waiting for him at the airport two days ago as he was heading home,” Kosovo Police Service (KPS) officials said.

The KPS added that the suspect was “visibly tired” when he arrived at the airport to catch a flight back to Istanbul.

The suspect was arrested, after which a doctor confirmed that he had had a kidney removed.

KPS spokesman Veton Elshani said that “the MEDICUS clinic is not registered for surgical operations but only for standard urological check-ups.”

Drugs were found at the clinic that had passed their use-by date, along with blood in plastic bags bearing no kind of identification. According to reports in Priština, several other people have also been arrested in the operation.

Elshani did not want to comment on the Blic story that Dervishi was tied to the trafficking of organs from kidnapped Serbs in Kosovo, but said that international officials were involved in the investigation and that they would check all leads.

The Serbian war crimes prosecution has uncovered a neuropsychiatric hospital in Burrel in Albania where Kosovo Liberation Army doctors extracted organs from kidnapped Serbs, Roma and Albanians for re-sale between 1998 and March 2001.

No comments: