White Helmets run an organ trafficking network similar to the one that operated in Kosovo

Summary

The White Helmets have been using their network of medical centres in Syria to operate an organ trafficking network, involving the forced extraction of organs, similar to the one operated by the Kosovo Liberation Army in the late 90s.

Disproof

The allegation is part of a recurrent Russian narrative to portray the White Helmets as a terrorist and criminal organisation. You can see other examples of it here and here.

The report presents no credible evidence to support the claims, but claims to have interviewed 40 employees of the White Helmets, 20 former “terrorists” and 45 Syrian residents on the ground, .

The reference to Kosovo is an attempt to link these allegations to the so-called "Medicus case" which was tried before a court and brought forward convictions of two doctors. Chief investigators of this case found no evidence of KLA involvement.Sources here and here.

 

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 148
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Syria
  • Keywords: White Helmets, Syrian War
  • Outlet: Sputnik Spanish
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