A Turkish doctor suspected of involvement in a human organs trafficking in Kosovo has been remanded on bail by a court in Istanbul Wednesday. A day earlier surgeon Yusuf Ercin Sonmez was arrested on anwarrant issued by the District Court of Pristina in Kosovo. Along with eight others, he was charged with crimes against life and health, human smuggling, trafficking and illegal immigration.
Allegedly, about 20 persons from Moldova, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey were transported into Kosovo from abroad upon receiving false promises of payment for their kidneys, which were sold on the black market. The EULEX prosecutors in Kosovo named Sonmez as a "key surgical participant" of operations performed at the private clinic Medicus, nearby Kosovo capital. Accordingly, the operations took place in 2008.
Meanwhile, the European Council’s rapporteur Dick Marty released a report accusing of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) of the human organs trafficking over Serb captives during 1999. Even now there are still more than 1300 Serbs missing from Kosovo.
The Serbian representatives in Kosovo strongly criticized the Turkish court’s decision to release the crucious suspect for alleged 2008 illegal transplants on bail.
At the same time, Dr. Sonmez denies all the accusations. Just after release, in an exclusive interview for Serbian daily Novosti, he said he has nothing to do with the fate of missing Serbs.
“I would like everyone in Serbia to know I am no monster. I’ve never met that man [Thaci], nor would I like to meet him.”
Even if convicted by the EULEX court in Kosovo, he may only serve his term in Turkey, whose laws don’t allow foreign extraditions of its citizens.