Serbia has asked the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to open an investigation into a top Danish diplomat Søren Jessen-Petersen, claiming that UNMIK covered up a report on the trade in human organs, according to the newspaper Blic.
Jessen-Petersen headed the United Nations UNMIK operation in Kosova from 2004 to 2006. According to the report UNMIK representatives denied having seen a report on the subject, but Serbian authorities have now questioned the claim.
“In 2008, our prosecutors came into possession of 16 pages from this report,” says Serbian Minister for Cooperation with the ICTY Rasim Ljajic, who has asked the ICTY Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz to open an investigation.
Jessen-Petersen, whose UN posts have also included head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in the Balkans, has previously harvested widespread praise for his tenure at UNMIK.
Edited by Julian Isherwood