February 20, 2003
ERP KIM Newsletter 20-02-03
ERPKIM Info: SNC KM: FIRST
ARRESTS OF KOSOVO ALBANIAN WAR CRIME SUSPECTS ENCOURAGES SERB COMMUNITY
FIRST ARRESTS OF KOSOVO
ALBANIAN WAR CRIME SUSPECTS ENCOURAGES SERB COMMUNITY
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Bringing all responsible for war and post-war crimes, regardless of their ethnicity and rank, is the only way to pursue inter-ethnic reconciliation and build a true democratic society. Once everyone in Kosovo learns that no one can escape justice the level of crime will fall and people will turn to legal political methods in struggle for their interests.
After the conflict in 1999, KLA leadership launched a campaign of terror in which at least 2000 of innocent Serb and Albanian civilians suffered. Despite the presence of the international peacekeepers KLA organized illegal detention camps in which innocent captives were tortured and killed, among them women, children and elderly people. Leading KLA officials took direct part in this campaign or at least were completely informed of what was going on. Not a single Albanian leader took any measures to denounce the criminals and stop campaign of terror and theft.
For certain time the responsible for these criminal acts seemed to enjoy immunity because international community was afraid that their arrests might create political instability and possible retribution against international personnel. But the eyes of justice could not be kept closed forever. More and more witnesses come out with their testimonies, not only in the Serb but also Kosovo Albanians. Despite attempts to negate any crimes the truth of post war Albanian campaign of terror comes every day more and more in the focus and cannot be ignored.
That is why SNC KM strongly supports the arrests of crime
suspects with hope that this action will not be stopped. The justice has
to prevail over power of former warlords who thought that they could shape
the future of Kosovo's society by crime and violence as they did during
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The beaten Serbs confirmed that attackers stopped their car yesterday (Feb 18, 2003) around 14.00 hrs and smashed all car windows by rocks and sticks. The Albanians dragged two Serbs out of the car and beat them.
Vukovic suffered slighter injuries and Rajkovic's leg was broken.
The case was reported to UN police after the attackers were recognized. This is the second attack on Serbs from Banje and Suvo Grlo villages which are the two last remaining Serb villages in Srbica municipality.
Serbian Orthodox Diocese or Raska and Prizren condemns
this latest act of violence which regrettably proves that Serbs still do
not enjoy basic freedom of movement and safety in Kosovo Province.
International donations for non-Albanians in
Kosovo-Metohija have been stopped
Three arrested Kosovo Albanians to appear before the judges in the Hague on Thursday
Three Kosovo Albanians arrested on Monday on the basis of a Hague Tribunal indictment, are to appear before the judges for the first time on Thursday, announced the Tribunal. Haradin Baljaj - Salja, Isak Musliu - Cercezija and Agim Murtezi - Murizi, the first Kosovo Albanians indicted by the Hague Court, will plead guilty or not guilty for war crimes and crimes against humanity, with which they are charged by the Tribunal. They were members of the terrorist KLA and are charged with imprisonment, mistreating, torturing and murder of 23 Serb and Albanian civilians in the camp of Lapusnik near Glogovac in Kosovo, in 1998.
Milan Ivanovic announced formation of the Assembly of communities of Serb municipalities
The chairman of the Serb National Council of Northern Kosmet, Milan Ivanovic, announced the formation of an assembly of communities of Serb municipalities next Tuesday and definition of their stand to all the current political events in the Province. We shall take a clear stand to the Albanian terror in Kosmet, but also to the latest session of the Kosmet parliament and define further directions of activities of the assembly of communities of Serb municipalities, Ivanovic said. He added that he does not rule out a possibility of enactment of a declaration demanding full sovereignty of Serbia and Montenegro over the southern Serbian province.
Albanians in Presevo staged a protest rally
Some seven thousand Albanians staged a protest rally in
Presevo, in the south of Serbia, demanding immediate release of the seven
Albanians recently put into a thirty-day custody for association for the
purpose of hostile activities and the illegal possession of armament. The
protestants demanded of the international community to be engaged in the
implementation of the 1992 referendum according to which Albanian people
decided that the south of Serbia should be annexed to Kosmet. On February
8, the state security forces arrested in the Municipality of Bujanovac
twelve Albanians, five of whom were released after an informative
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