US prosecutor to probe Kosovo organ trafficking

Kosovo PM allegedly led a criminal network that sold organs of civilian captives during 1998-99 war.

Pristina: The EU rule of law mission in Kosovo says a US prosecutor has been named to investigate claims that Prime Minister Hashim Thaci led a criminal network that sold organs of civilian captives during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

The mission said in a statement on Monday that John Clint Williamson was named "lead prosecutor" in a task force set up to investigate the allegations raised in a report last year by Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty.

Marty said Thaci and other rebel commanders ran detention centres in Albania`s border with Kosovo, where civilian captives, including Serbs, were killed and their organs sold on the black market.
Thaci has denied the allegations and pledged to work with the investigators.

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