Pristina, Kosovo

Organ trafficker: Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci is battling allegations that his former rebel group was involved in heroin dealing, assassinations, and organ smuggling. The charges surfaced last month in a report by Swiss politician Dick Marty for the Council of Europe, the intergovernmental group that runs the European Court of Human Rights. Marty’s exhaustive report—based on interviews with intelligence analysts, U.N. war-crimes prosecutors, ex-prisoners, and ex-fighters—said the faction of the Kosovo Liberation Army that Thaci led in the 1990s acted as a “mafia-style” crime organization and even killed Serbian prisoners to harvest their organs. Western leaders, Marty says, “chose to turn a blind eye to the war crimes of the KLA.” Thaci said the allegations amount to “Nazi-style propaganda.”

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