War spoils included human organs?

By WND Staff

Ethnic Albanians harvested and sold human organs from Serb prisoners during the Kosovo war, a report on a new book from a prosecutor of international crimes confirms.

The report in the United Kingdom Telegraph documents statements Carla Del Ponte, who in January left her position as chief prosecutor at the Hague Tribunal for crimes during the Balkan wars of the 1990s, made in her book.

She reported that investigators discovered a house suspected of being a laboratory for the illegal trade, according to the newspaper.

“These are horrible things even to imagine,” Bekim Collaku, a senior adviser to Kosovo prime minister Hashim Thaci, told the newspaper, denying the allegations. “This is a product of her imagination.”

Thaci also is a leading member of the Kosovo Liberation Army.

But Del Ponte wrote that the claims came from “several sources,” one of whom “personally made an organ delivery” to an airport for shipment abroad.

That source also “confirmed information directly gathered by the tribunal,” the newspaper said.

The book says senior figures in the Kosovo Liberation Army were aware of the capture of the young Serbs, and their transport by truck to northern Albania where they were housed during the “harvesting.”

“Del Ponte provides grim details of the alleged organ harvesting, and of how some prisoners were sewn up after having kidneys removed,” the newspaper reported.

“The victims, deprived of a kidney, were then locked up again, inside the barracks, until the moment they were killed for other vital organs. In this way, the other prisoners were aware of the fate that awaited them, and according to the source, pleaded, terrified, to be killed immediately,” Del Ponte claimed in “The Hunt: Me and War Criminals.”

She also reports how her attempts to bring to justice various criminals were hindered by opposition from all participants.

“If her allegations are true, then this is the most monstrous crime since the times of Mengele, and it must be made a priority, not only of the domestic judiciary but also of the Hague Tribunal,” Vladan Batic, Serbia’s former justice minister, told the newspaper.

The book reports on one visit by investigators to a house near the Albanian town of Burrel.

“The investigators found pieces of gauze, a used syringe and two plastic IV bags encrusted with mud and empty bottles of medicine, some of which was of a muscle relaxant often used in surgical operations,” she wrote.

Serbia’s war crimes office told the Telegraph it was opening an investigation.

WND earlier reported on a document from an international human rights lawyer, David Matas, and former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour, called “Bloody Harvest.”

That documents China’s transplant industry where a cornea is available to anyone with $30,000 and people are kept as prisoners until their organs are needed.

“We’ve talked to a lot of people who received organs, people who managed to get out [of China] by the skin of their teeth. We talked to a lady beaten up so badly she heard a doctor say she was going to die and her organs would be no good. We’ve looked at the web sites offering organs. We think we now have overwhelming evidence for any fair-minded or reasonable person,” Kilgour told WND.

Some of the most damning evidence in the report came from several individuals who have fled the industry. One woman testified her husband, a surgeon, had removed the corneas from an estimated 2,000 people who, at that point, still were alive. But they then were operated on by other surgeons to remove other organs, and the bodies then cremated.

China’s human rights record is atrocious, the report said, with more deaths attributable to its Communist government than to Stalin and Hitler combined. The nation routinely violates the rights of Christians, democracy advocates, human rights advocates and others, including using detention, torture and execution.

Chinese officials have admitted “harvesting” organs from “executed prisoners,” but that admission did not come until 2005, and the report authors say it might have been made to divert attention away from the industry of killing innocent people for their organs.

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