The Special Investigative Task Force conducted a five-year criminal investigation into allegations contained in the January 2011 Council of Europe Report Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo.

The Special Investigative Task Force (SITF), which was based in Brussels and funded by the European Union, had a mandate to investigate individuals for the crimes alleged in the Council of Europe (CoE) Report. To reinforce the independence and confidentiality of the process, the SITF consisted exclusively of international staff.

The investigation began in September 2011 and continued until September 2016 when the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office took over the SITF personnel and mandate on the basis of provisions in the Law on the Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office that was adopted by the Kosovo Assembly in August 2015.

The CoE Report was prepared by Swiss Senator and CoE Parliamentary Assembly member, Dick Marty.