The Special Investigative Task Force (SITF) was established in 2011 to conduct an independent criminal investigation into the war crimes and organised crime allegations contained in the Council of Europe (CoE) report of January 2011 by Senator Dick Marty entitled: “Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo”.
The mandate of the SITF was to investigate and, if warranted, prosecute individuals for crimes alleged in the CoE report.
The establishment of the SITF demonstrates the EU, US, and other partners' commitment to pursue an impartial and professional investigation into these allegations. In order to reinforce the independence and confidentiality of this process, the SITF consisted of international staff only, and was primarily based in Brussels.
As of September 2016, as per the Law n.05/L-053 on the Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office approved by the Kosovo Parliament in August 2015, the SITF mandate and personnel were transferred to the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, “in order to ensure continuity of the investigation” (art. 35, paragraph 10). The Law further stipulates that “all recognition, privileges, co-operation, agreements, and arrangements with the SITF shall continue after this transfer and shall apply to the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office” (art. 35, paragraph 10).
For more information about the SITF, please visit the SITF website www.sitf.eu.
The SITF announcement of findings of July 2014 can be accessed here.
The Law no.05/L-053 on the Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office can be accessed here.