10/05/2011 07:44 EDT | Updated 12/05/2011 05:12 EST

EU prosecutor to visit Albania to investigate organ trafficking allegations

TIRANA, Albania - An EU prosecutor will travel to Albania to investigate allegations that a criminal network sold organs of civilian captives there during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

Xavier de Marnhac, the head of the EU mission in Kosovo, announced that plan in Albania on Wednesday, saying the investigator will arrive there in the coming weeks.

In a report last year, Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty alleged that Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and other rebel commanders of the Kosovo Liberation Army ran detention centres on Albania's border with Kosovo, where civilian captives, including Serbs, were killed and their organs sold on the black market during Kosovo's war for independence from Serbia.

Both Thaci and Albania have denied those allegations.