How could Kouchner not know of Albanian organized crime says Canadian detective

Canada’s Captain Stu Kellock, who served as a crimes detective in Kosovo, believes that there is no doubt that France’s Bernard Kouchner had to have known of the Kosovo Albanian organized crime.

“I cannot attest that Kouchner knew about the organ trade but there is absolutely no chance that he did not have information about the organized crime in Kosovo. Police commissar informed him [Kouchner] regularly and he himself would act in a fit when he would show up at the place of crime in order to win the media,” Kellock is quoted as saying to the Belgrade TV, RTS, and translated here.

It has been suggested by several many that Kouchner, himself a doctor, was part of the Albanian organ trade although just few days ago Kouchner denied he knew anything about it.

Kellock says that rumors of Albanian organ trade were circulating during his service in Kosovo – in 2000 and 2001 – but that his staff was so overwhelmed with Albanian crime that, says Kellock, he did not have time to investigate rumors.

“Rumors about organ trade appeared even in my time but were not proven. There was talk about a hospital in Pristina and the criminal activity that is going on there, but at the time there were so many other, burning priorities. I had way too few people to be able to investigate rumors,” Kellock is quoted by the RTS.

Kellock said that the Pristina hospital moved enormous amounts of money whose source was completely unknown.

“In one case, a gun battle broke [at the hospital] when one security guy was killed an one million Deutsche Marks was stolen. Absolutely nobody could explain to us how and why was there one million Marks at the hospital,” said Kellock.

Kellock says that organ trade is just one branch of the Albanian organized crime business in Kosovo.

“The KLA and the Kosovo Security Force control the border crossings. Afghan heroin, fuel, women, weapons and all kinds of merchandise passes through unimpeded because the vehicles are specially marked,” says Kellock.

Kellock cites a case of a UN border guard who attempted to play by the book and enforce the law.

“I know of a case when a border guard, in the beginning, did not want to cooperate [with the Albanian criminals] and he made the driver pay the duty… Afterwards, he and his family got threatened with death and he was forced to go to the house of Sabit Geci, and pay the duty back out of his own money and beg for his life and life of his family,” says Kellock.

Kellock says that violence was very common and that it was done mostly by Thaci’s men.

Kellock takes note of his mission to Albanian border to investigate theft of UN vehicles that were appearing in Albania.

“In Tropoje [Serbia-Albania border crossing] I was greeted by the chief of police and several of his officers. We were told that he just killed one man who was held in prison,” Kellock says.

Kellock interprets this killing a suggestion that the police chief had control of events and that the chief was visibly disappointed that Kellock did not bring him gifts.

The article, which is in Serbian, can be viewed via Google translation service which is not that good.

Another insightful interview with Kellock appeared in 2006 on Balkanalysis.com which is edited by Chris Deliso.