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Kosovo leader rejects Swiss bank account charges

The Kosovo prime minister, Hashim Thaci, has again rejected accusations of criminal activity and says neither he nor any member of his family have money in Switzerland.

In an interview with the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper, the Kosovo leader said the way charges had been laid against him by Swiss senator Dick Marty reminded him of the “propaganda of [Nazi] Joseph Goebbels”.

Thaci said Marty’s report, which was published as part of a Council of Europe investigation, “is a document of a political act of revenge. It includes neither facts or evidence”.

On December 16 Marty accused Thaci of heading a criminal organisation during the Kosovo Albanian guerrilla war against Serbia in the late 1990s – a ring that allegedly assassinated opponents and trafficked in drugs as well as organs harvested from murdered Serbs.

However the Kosovo leader said neither the United Nations administration nor the European Union mission to Kosovo had found any wrongdoing, and reiterated that he welcomed further investigations.

The Kosovo leader said the accusations that he had Swiss bank accounts came from the Serbian media which were part of attempts to discredit Kosovo.

Thaci said that Marty’s intentions were malicious to damage Kosovo since he has always opposed Kosovo’s independence.

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