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UN backs Kosovo organ inquiry


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is backing a demand by Serbia for a probe into allegations of organ trafficking in Kosovo during the war of indedpendence 12 years ago.

A report published by the Council of Europe in December last year, alleged that Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci was involved in the trade.

“We’ve nothing to hide. We offer full support to the justice authorities. We offer close cooperation and strong support to international institutions of the rule of law,” said Thaci.

It is alleged that hundreds of Serbians were kidnapped by the Kosovan KLA army, and taken to an isolated house. Once there, prosecutors claim they were murdered and had vital organs removed. They say the organs were then trafficked to Western countries and sold on the black market.

The Serbian Foreign Minister, Vuk Jeremic, has described the allegations as the most gruesome war crime committed in the former Yugoslavia.

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