Saturday, November 08, 2008

B92: "Three Hundred (Kosovo Serb) Hostages Had Organs Removed"

6 November 2008 | 11:44 | Source: FoNet, Nedeljni telegraf BELGRADE --
Around 300 kidnapped Serbs, Roma and non-Albanians from Kosovo perished in northern Albania, before their organs were sold on, says the War Crimes Prosecution.

Bruno Vekarić (FoNet, archive)
Bruno Vekarić (FoNet, archive)

Prosecution spokesman Bruno Vekarić told weekly Nedeljni Telegraf that it had been revealed that a human body could be sold on the black market for EUR 2mn, that kidneys fetched between EUR 15,000 and 100,000, while prices for a liver or heart could reach as much as EUR 1mn.

“It’s awful that I should have to say something like that, but we’re looking at a lucrative business that outdoes drug trafficking in terms of profit,” he said.

According to the prosecution, illegal operations were performed in Building 320, 20km from the “yellow house” mentioned by former Hague Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte.

“Building 320 is a neuro-psychiatric clinic. We believe that surgical operations were carried out there on civilians, as the conditions existed for such a thing. There was a prisoner camp there, as well as a KLA camp,” said the spokesman.

He said that prisoners were prepared for operations inside the “yellow house”, but removed from there whenever international humanitarian missions like the Red Cross came by.

A large quantity of medical equipment was discovered inside, and certain reports contain detailed inventories of what was discovered.

“It differs markedly from what the Albanian prosecutor has been saying, who shut the case back in 2005,” said Vekarić.

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