A former Kosovo health minister and another Pristina official are among eight suspects in a new EU probe into a human organ trafficking case, a local daily reported Tuesday.
Last Wednesday, a day after a European Union-led court in Kosovo convicted five doctors of harvesting and selling kidneys at a Pristina clinic, the EU's Pristina mission announced the new probe without revealing the identity of the suspects.
On Tuesday, the EU mission (EULEX Kosovo) in the capital Pristina said eight more people are also being investigated for among others the criminal offences of organized crime, trafficking in persons, grievous bodily harm and abusing authorities, in the case of illegal organ trade.
Eight people were "being investigated for the criminal offences of organised crime, trafficking in persons, grievous bodily harm, abusing official position of authority, fraud and trading in influence," the EU's Pristina mission said, without revealing their identity.
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Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said he received confirmation that the investigation will be finished in 2014 during a meeting on Thursday with the chief prosecutor of the EU task force investigating the organ trafficking claims.
BRUSSELS - The economic crisis is leading to a rise in the number of people being trafficked for sex, hard labour or organ donation, the EU commission said Monday (15 April,) but the vast majority of member states have failed to implement an anti-trafficking law.
The new €1.5m project aims to boost the fight against organised crime and human trafficking in several eastern European countries, including Moldova.
A leading Dutch hospital, the Erasmus Medical Centre, is to conduct a three-year study of the international black market in human organs for the European Commission. Institutions from Romania, Sweden, Bulgaria and Spain as well as the European Police Office, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Eurotransplant and the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) will be involved in the project.
BRUSSELS - Member states lack reliable data to fully evaluate the scale of human trafficking in the EU the European Commission said on Monday (24 September).
"We have so few figures and so few reliable statistics that it is difficult to make an evaluation to see if there is a significant increase or a decrease, we can't really tell because it is such a black and grey sector," noted EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom.