Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci headed a mafia-style organized crime ring in the late 1990s that engaged in assassinations, beatings, organ trafficking and other crimes, according to a draft report released on Tuesday.
In Pristina, the Kosovo government denounced the draft Council of Europe report as baseless and defamatory, and threatened to take legal and political action in response.
The report to the Council’s Parliamentary Assembly, released a day after Kosovo’s election commission said Thaci’s party won the first post-independence election on Sunday, also accused Western powers of complicity in ignoring crimes dating back to the late 1990s.
“Thaci and these other ‘Drenica Group’ members are consistently named as ‘key players’ in intelligence reports on Kosovo’s mafia-like structures of organized crime,” said the report by Dick Marty, the rapporteur for the Council’s committee on legal affairs and human rights.
“We found that the ‘Drenica Group’ had as its chief — or, to use the terminology of organized crime networks, its ‘boss’ — the renowned political operator and perhaps most internationally recognized personality of the KLA, Hashim Thaci.”
He is also accused of Serbian organ theft/trafficking, something that denounced some time ago Carla del Ponte, former prosecutor at ICC.
If there is enough evidence, I would like this guy tried the same that is being tried Radovan Karadzic. If not, justice will be only made to one side, not to the other.