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Russian UN Envoy Criticises Delays in Kosovo Organ Trafficking Investigation

27.05.2015 16:13

Russian Envoy to the United Nations Organization Vitaly Churkin salmmed Tuesday the delays in the inquiry into alleged organ trafficking by members of the former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War.

In April, the West urged Kosovo to create a court to look into the matter after the allegations of organ harvesting were first mentioned in a 2010 report to the Council of Europe. According to the document, perpetrators killed Serb captives to remove and sell their organs during the war.

"There have been delays in establishing the Special Court to investigate the crime carried out by the KLA including the trade in human organs," Churkin announced, adding that it was "odd" that the establishment of such a court depended on the Kosovo legislators. "Clearly Kosovo has not been ready to objectively evaluate such a delicate matter," Churkin said.

Last year, a EU-led inquiry found "compelling indications" that ten Serb prisoners had their body organs harvested for illegal trafficking.