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Seven on trial in Kosovo over organ trafficking charges

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 4 October 2011
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October 04, 2011

Seven people have gone on trial in Kosovo on charges of trafficking human organs.

The seven, who have all pleaded not guilty, are accused of luring donors from Moldova, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey with the promise of 15,000 euros in payment.

Prosecutors in the case say at least 30 illegal transplants were performed at a clinic in Pristina in 2008.

Attention over organ trafficking allegations has grown since Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty last year accused Kosovo Albanian rebel fighters of harvesting organs from captives, mainly Serbs, during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

EULEX, the European Union's rule of law mission in Kosovo, has created a special task force to investigate Marty's allegations.

compiled from Reuters reports

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