Boken til tidligere sjefaktor ved Haag-tribunalet, Carla del Ponte, er ute, og historien om at UCK-geriljaen førte serbiske fanger til Albania hvor de ble tvangsoperert for organer, og til slutt drept av samme grunn, sjokkerer. Del Ponte har satt igang noe som forlanger svar.
Hvorfor har ikke del Ponte sagt noe tidligere? Hvorfor har hun ikke tatt opp saken da hun satt som aktor, spør folk i Serbia. Svaret er nok at del Ponte sier de aldri fant avgjørende bevis. Men samtidig er indisiene sterke nok til at historien har troverdighet, og den er så grufull at offentligheten krever svar.
Miss Del Ponte reports that the allegations were made by several sources, one of whom «personally made an organ delivery» to an Albanian airport for transport abroad, and «confirmed information directly gathered by the tribunal».
According to the sources, senior figures in the Kosovo Liberation Army were aware of the scheme, in which hundreds of young Serbs were allegedly taken by truck from Kosovo to northern Albania where their organs were removed. Miss Del Ponte provides grim details of the alleged organ harvesting, and of how some prisoners were sewn up after having kidneys removed.
«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,» Miss Del Ponte writes.
The book reports a visit by Hague tribunal investigators to a house south of the Albanian town of Burrel where they found traces of blood across a wide area, as well as medical equipment.
«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 writes. However, she concludes that the finds do not amount to sufficient proof for a war crimes tribunal. In Belgrade, the Serbian capital, an association of families of Serbs still listed as missing since the Kosovo war, said it would sue Miss Del Ponte, alleging that she had failed to act over the alleged organ-farming scandal. Serbia’s war crimes office announced it had opened its own investigation.
Boken heter «The Hunt: Me and War Criminals». Den forteller om hvordan jakten på krigsforbryterne er blitt forpurret og blokkert av både Serbia, albanere og NATO. Men er er organ-historien som får all oppmerksomhet.
Selv Sveits er bekymret, mest fordi del Ponte er den nye ambassadøren til Argentina, og avsløringene svekker nøytraliteten.
Serb prisoners ‘were stripped of their organs in Kosovo war’