Following his resignation on November 5th, as SouthFront previously reported, now former, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci was arrested.

He can be considered as generally accused of crimes against humanity, carried out during the conflict against Serbia.

Earlier in 2020 a special prosecutor accused Thaci and others of being “criminally responsible” for 100 murders, during Kosovo’s 1998-99 independence war against Serbia.

A former senior commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), he later turned to politics, in common with a number of KLA colleagues.

His indictment had been expected since the special prosecutor made accusations in June that the Kosovo leader was “criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders”, torture and enforced disappearances.

To provide some overview of what led to this, and what Hashim Thaci actually has done, an investigative piece of reporting was published by Russian newspaper KP, back in 2008. Investigative journalists went to Kosovo to follow through on claims made in a book by former Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Carla Del Ponte.

She served as the ICTY Prosecutor between 1999 and announced that she would “return to normal life” on January 30th, 2007. She was succeeded by Serge Brammertz on January 1st, 2008.

In her book titled, “The Hunt: Me and the War Criminals,” Ponte described how a black organ market formed during the Kosovo War. Meanwhile, she said, the European Union played dumb paying no attention to the crimes. KP journalists went to Kosovo to learn more about the crimes.

In her book she outlines the organ trafficking business that was allegedly going on, plus investigative journalists from KP went on-site to ask questions.

These are excerpts from the book, below:

According to the journalists’ sources, who were only identified as Kosovo Albanians, some of the younger and fitter prisoners were visited by doctors and were never hit. They were transferred to other detention camps in Burrel and the neighboring area, one of which was a barracks behind a yellow house 20 km behind the town.

One room inside this yellow house, the journalists said, was kitted out as a makeshift operating theater, and it was here that surgeons transplanted the organs of prisoners. These organs, according to the sources, were then sent to Rinas airport, Tirana, to be sent to surgical clinics abroad to be transplanted to paying patients.

One of the informers had personally carried out a shipment to the airport. The victims, deprived of a kidney, were then locked up again, inside the barracks, until the moment they were killed for other vital organs. In this way, the other prisoners in the barracks were aware of the fate that awaited them, and according to the source, pleaded, terrified to be killed immediately.

Among the prisoners who were taken to these barracks were women from Kosovo, Albania, Russia and other Slavic countries. Two of the sources said that they helped to bury the corpses of the dead around the yellow house and in a neighboring cemetery. According to the sources, the organ smuggling was carried out with the knowledge and active involvement of middle and high ranking involvement from the KLA (ed. Kosovo Liberation Army).

A few months after [October 2002] the investigators of the tribunal and UNMIK reached central Albania and the yellow house which the journalists sources had revealed as the place where the prisoners were killed to transplant their organs. The journalists and the Albanian prosecutor accompanied the investigators to the site.

The house was now white. The owner denied it had ever been repainted even though investigators found traces of yellow along the base of its walls. Inside the investigators found pieces of gauze, a used syringe and two plastic IV bags encrusted with mud and empty bottles of medicine, some of which was of a muscle relaxant often used in surgical operations. The application of a chemical substance revealed to the scientific team traces of blood on the walls and on the floor of a room inside the house, except for in a clean area of the floor sized 180x60cm.

The investigators were not able to determine whether the traces they found were of human blood. The sources did not indicate the position of the grave of the presumed victims and so we did not find the bodies.


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