This France24 video is called Carla Del Ponte: Kosovo Serbs Murdered For Their Organs.
From British daily The Morning Star:
Uncovering the macabre truth
Sunday 03 May 2009
Europe’s top human rights watchdog is launching a probe into allegations that Western-backed Albanian insurgents may have kidnapped Serb civilians at the end of the 1998-99 war in former Yugoslavia, removed their organs and sold the body parts on the black market.
The allegations were first made public in a memoir last year by former chief UN war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte.
Ms del Ponte said that her office received “tantalising” information about possible organ trafficking but, “in the end, the lawyers and investigators on the cases decided that there was insufficient evidence to proceed.”
They left it to UN officials and the local Kosovo and Albanian authorities to investigate further, which never happened.
Now, Swiss senator Dick Marty has initiated a Council of Europe probe into the allegations, which have been bolstered by new evidence uncovered by Serbian officials.
They say that two wealthy Europeans – a Swiss and a German – were apparently among the recipients of kidneys, livers and other organs harvested in Albania and sold via middlemen in a meticulously orchestrated operation that involved private aircraft and tens of millions of dollars.
Bruno Vekaric, a top adviser to Serbia’s chief war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic, said that the information came from “people involved in the operation,” including former members of the now-disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
The KLA insurgency for independence from the former Yugoslavia claimed at least 10,000 lives before NATO blitzed Belgrade into submission in June 1999.
THE Colombian government has expelled a Kosovan separatist paramilitary leader in response to an Interpol extradition alert: here.
From AGI news agency in Italy:
Herat, 3 May. – An Afghan child has been killed in an incident with an Italian patrol in Herat.
The girl was twelve years old. See here. According to Dutch daily De Pers, 4 May 2009, page 2, the girl was on her way to a wedding party.
This video says about itself:
Together with IFAW, Eurogroup for Animals, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Humane Society International (HSI), GAIA organized an international demonstration against the seal hunt on 1 July 2008. The date was symbolic, since it marked the opening of the hunt in Namibia and the start of the French presidency of the EU. 1200 demonstrators from all over Europe, including Germany, Finland, France, Britain, Italy, Sweden, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, The Netherlands and Belgium protested in front of the European Commission.The demonstration was a powerful call to the European Commission to follow the example of Belgium (the first EU country to impose a ban, since 2007) and The Netherlands in banning the trade in seal-derived products. An EU-wide ban would without doubt signal the beginning of the end of this cruel hunt. More info: www.gaia.be
ANIMAL welfare campaigners accused the European Commission on Sunday of producing a “scientifically flawed” and biased report on the need for tougher laws to safeguard live animals used in research: here.
This video is called [English] Translation of Berlusconi on the phone – Merkel waiting (Berlusconi‘s call).
From British daily The Guardian:
Veronica Lario, wife of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, begins divorce proceedings after disputes over younger women
Berlusconi-model scandal: here.
Italy’s prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, pours scorn on a ‘multi-ethnic Italy’: here.