Kosovo PM likens organ trading claim to Goebbel's propaganda
Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci hit out in an interview Thursday at claims linking him to organ trafficking, saying that the way the accusations were made reminded him of Nazi propaganda by Joseph Goebbels.
In an interview with Swiss German daily TagesAnzeiger, Thaci slammed Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty who had linked him to organ trading, accusing the rapporteur of working against Kosovar freedom and using "racist undertones" in his report.
"There are neither facts nor proof," he charged, saying that the report was an act of "political vengeance."
"Marty's report includes many fabrications and is backed by rumours and hearsay.
"The way and manner in which Marty had written his report reminds me of the propaganda of Joseph Goebbels. The undertone of these pamphlets is racist," said Thaci.
He added that Marty had "libelled all Albanian people and is trying to criminalise our freedom fight against Serbian policies of oppression."
Marty is "an enemy of our freedom" and has "put himself in the service of the Serbian nationalism," accused Thaci.
Marty's report, released just days after the first general election since Kosovo declared independence in 2008, said the Kosovar leader headed a Kosovo Liberation Army faction which controlled secret detention centres in Albania.
These centres were allegedly where the human organ trafficking had taken place in the aftermath of the 1998-99 war between the guerrillas and Serbian forces.
It also alleged that Thaci is a leading organised crime boss, citing other reports about his suspected involvement in the drug trade.
Thaci has hit back in several interviews denying the allegations and vowing to sue Marty for libel.
In the interview published Thursday, Marty also said he will use "all judicial and political means to fight against the report" and declared that he "is not involved in any single criminal activity."
© 2010 AFP