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Press Release

Update on Medicus case

12 December 2010

EULEX can confirm that indictments relating to the ‘Medicus’ case is currently before the District Court of Pristina awaiting the confirmation hearing. EULEX makes the following comments:

The Indictments have been filed on 15th and 20th October 2010, respectively. Five persons have been charged with offences of trafficking in human organs, organised crime and abusing official authority and two are charged with unlawful exercise of medical activities.

The defendants include a number of doctors and one individual who previously worked at a senior level in the Ministry of Health.

The Kosovo Special Prosecution Office (SPRK) has filed an application with the court to join these two indictments.

This case concerns, the international trafficking of organs at the ‘Medicus’ clinic in Pristina. The ‘donors’ and recipients of the organs were of different nationalities.

Two more suspects are the subject of Interpol arrest warrants.

The case was initiated by Kosovo and UNMIK police officers in November 2008. EULEX Executive Police officers continued the investigation under the supervision of SPRK. EULEX judges have been assigned to the case.