US prosecutor will investigate Kosovo organ trafficking allegations

Authorities in Kosovo have appointed a US prosecutor to investigate allegations linking prime minister Hashim Thaci and other senior figures to organ trafficking.

“John Clint Williamson from the United States has been appointed lead prosecutor for the EULEX Special Investigative Task Force,” the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo said.

Williamson is a former US ambassador at large for war crimes and worked for the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. He was briefly the director of justice of the UN mission to Kosovo.

“This task force will further the investigation into the allegations contained in the Council of Europe Report of December 2010 by Senator Dick Marty,” which linked former rebel leader Thaci and other members of his Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) to allegations of organ trafficking.

EULEX launched its preliminary investigation in January.

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