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Pristina, KosovoOrgan trafficking: A U.S. prosecutor will lead an international investigation into allegations that Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci ran a criminal network that sold the organs of prisoners during the 1998–99 war of independence from Serbia. Thaci was a rebel leader at the time. The allegations were first raised in a book by journalist Chuck Sudetic and former U.N. war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who said she’d seen evidence that Kosovars took Serbian prisoners into Albania, where they were killed and their kidneys harvested. Last year, a human-rights group alleged that Thaci’s network was still actively smuggling heroin and weapons. Now, the EU mission in Kosovo has named John Clint Williamson, a former U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, to investigate the allegations. Thaci denies all charges and says he will cooperate.

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