September 26/27, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 27-09-03

71 YEAR OLD SERB HEAVILY BEATEN IN CENTRE OF PRIZREN - SERB HOUSE IN ORAHOVAC SET ON FIRE


Today the old Serb quarter of Potkaljaja is more like a ghost town - After June 1999
and the expulsion of the Serbs from the city, Albanian extremists looted dozens of
Serb homes and then set them on fire - Only some 60 elderly Serbs remain in the city

CONTENTS:

71 - YEAR OLD SERB HEAVILY BEATEN IN CENTRE OF PRIZREN
AFP - KOSOVO TRIAL WITNESS NARROWLY ESCAPES DEATH
KOSOVO SERBS PROTEST IN BELGRADE
SERB HOUSE IN ORAHOVAC ROBBED AND SET ON FIRE
COLIN POWEL MET SCG PRESIDENT MAROVIC IN NEW YORK

PERPETRATORS OF GORAZDEVAC MASSACRE STILL NOT ARRESTED - DAY 43...

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71 - YEAR OLD SERB HEAVILY BEATEN IN PRIZREN

Two young men of Albanian nationality came out of the building of the sports center not far from the Jankovic house and first began to verbally provoke Janko and Dostana. Then one of the young men lunged at Janko and began to beat him on the head with a stick; when he had finished, the other young Albanian continued the beating. The abuse of the Serb man lasted almost half an hour while his wife Dosta watched in tears. During the beating Jankovic lost consciousness and lost a considerable amount of blood. None of the Albanian passers-by stopped to offer assistance or chastise the attackers; some of the more curious lingered to observe the public lynching.

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ERP KIM Info Service
September 26, 2003

On Thursday, September 25, 2003 at about 15,15 hours two unknown Albanian young men physically attacked Janko Jankovic (born 1931), a Serb man from Prizren, as he was returning with his wife Dostana from the city and inflicted serious wounds to his head and arms. 

Two young men of Albanian nationality came out of the building of the sports center not far from the Jankovic house and first began to verbally provoke Janko and Dostana. Then one of the young men lunged at Janko and began to beat him on the head with a stick; when he had finished, the other young Albanian continued the beating. The abuse of the Serb man lasted almost half an hour while his wife Dosta watched in tears. During the beating Jankovic lost consciousness and lost a considerable amount of blood. None of the Albanian passers-by stopped to offer assistance or chastise the attackers; some of the more curious lingered to observe the public lynching. Finally, after the attackers had already fled, an UNMIK and Kosovo police patrol (according to the police report it was a KFOR patrol) appeared and transferred the beaten and unconscious Jankovic to Prizren Hospital, where he received medical treatment.

According to the statement of Fr. Miron Kosac, the representative of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren in Prizren, this was not the first Albanian attack against Jankovic. He and his family have previously been the victims of numerous physical and verbal attacks when they decided to remain in Prizren. Janko's wife Dostana was recently accosted by Albanian youths who told her: "Go to Serbia already, skijo [derogatory term for Serbs]" to which Dostana courageously retorted: "I'm not leaving from Prizren, the city of Serbian kings. If you want Albania, you are free to go there."

The wounded Jankovic was visited today by a medical team from Simonida Hospital in Gracanica. Sister Dr. Irina Petrovic examined Jankovic who was released from the hospital and is currently recuperating at hope. The medical team travelled to Prizren at great risk in the Gracanica Monastery ambulance because their Kosovo police escort was cancelled at the last minute.

In the city of Prizren there are currently some 60 primarily elderly Serbs. According to Diocese representatives, recently they have been able to move more freely through the city but intolerance and ethnic discimination is felt at every step, which is one of the main reasons why there are no Serb returnees to the city itself. The majority of the remaining Serb homes are surrounded by barbed wire and some elderly Serbs regularly place barricades on their doors at night. The residence of the Bishop of Raska and Prizren and the Orthodox Cathedral of St. George (Sv. Djrodje) are still under the military protection of KFOR, and the priests who tend to the remaining Serbs and the property of the Church move through the city only when escorted by German KFOR troops.
 


LIFE BETWEEN BARBED WIRE AND FEAR
Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Dr. Nebojsa Covic
during a recent visit to the remaining Serb sin Prizren
 

UNMIK POLICE REPORT - "UNKNOWN MALE SUSPECT ASSAULTS ANOTHER MALE"

ERP KIM Info Service
September 26, 2003

In accordance with the usual practice of UNMIK police the ethnically motivated attacks, including this one, where the victim is a Serb are covered up by anonymous and filtered reports.

By this practice UNMIK police wants to demonstrate that ethnically motivated crimes do not occur at all in Kosovo and Metohija. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that the attack of Janko Jankovic by Albanian hooligans was characterized in the report just as any other physical altercation between two "unknown male suspects".

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
Prizren - 25/09 - 1515 hrs. An unknown male suspect assaulted another male with a stick, which he hit on his head. The victim was transported by KFOR to the hospital. No arrest reported.  (Daily UNMIK police report, Sep 26)


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KOSOVO TRIAL WITNESS NARROWLY ESCAPES DEATH

Ramiz Muriqi, a prosecution witness in the trial of five former rebels jailed for illegally detaining and murdering four fellow ethnic Albanians in 1999, was targeted in the attack using an explosive device placed in a manhole.

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http://www.ptd.net/webnews/wed/as/Qkosovo-unrest.RA_X_DSQ.html

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
Friday, 26-Sep-2003 9:54AM

PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro, Sept 26 (AFP) - A Kosovo witness in a high-profile murder case narrowly escaped an assassination attempt Friday, officials said.

Ramiz Muriqi, a prosecution witness in the trial of five former rebels jailed for illegally detaining and murdering four fellow ethnic Albanians in 1999, was targeted in the attack using an explosive device placed in a manhole.

The attack happened early Friday in the western town of Pec when the device was set off as Muriqi drove over the manhole.

"This was a cowardly act that we believe was aimed at Muriqi and took place in a densely populated area in Pec, close to a children's playground," said Joel Singelton, spokesman for the UN police in the town some 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of the capital Pristina.

Singleton said no suspects have been arrested.

Earlier this year two other witnesses in the well-publicised trial were assassinated after the former members of the now disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army received up to 15 years for the murders.

Kosovo came under UN and NATO control in June 1999 after the Alliance waged a 78-day bombing campaign against Yugoslav forces to punish them for their crackdown on ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

ONE OF CLOSEST ASSOCIATES OF THE DSK LEADER IBRAHIM RUGOVA AND THE WITNESS IN THE TRIAL OF KLA REBELS SERIOUISLY WOUNDED IN AN ATTACK

Radio Serbia-Montenegro

26/09/03-1755

UNMIK Police spokesman in Pec Zol Fingentol has communicated that the activist of the Democratic Alliance of Kosovo Ramiz Murici has been seriously injured in today’s explosion in the center of this town inhabited exclusively by Albanians.

Fingentol told Tanjug that an explosive device had been placed under Murici’s car. This is the third attempt of assassination of Murici who is one of the closest associates of the DSK leader and President of Kosovo-Metohija Ibrahim Rugova.


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KOSOVO SERBS PROTEST IN BELGRADE
Around 100 Serbs from Kosovo have begun protesting in Belgrade outside the embassies of countries with a military presence in the UN-governed province.

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
September 26, 2003

BELGRADE -- Friday - Around 100 Serbs from Kosovo have begun protesting in Belgrade outside the embassies of countries with a military presence in the UN-governed province.

The members of the Kosovo Democratic Youth Association and the Serb National Council of Metohija are calling for the arrest of those responsible for the killing of two Serb youths in the town of Gorazdevac in August.


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SERBIAN HOUSE IN ORAHOVAC ROBBED AND SET ON FIRE

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ERPKIM Info-service
Orahovac, September 26, 2003


Serb sources from Orahovac confirmed to the ERP KIM Info Service today that in the night between Thursday and Friday (25/26 September) ethnic Albanians robbed the family home of Novica Filipovic and set the house on fire. At the time of this incidents the Filipovics were not at home. The fire was extinguished a few hours after midnight.

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President of Serbia-Montenegro (SCG) with Colin Powell

COLIN POWELL MET SERB-MONTENEGRIN PRESIDENT SVETOZAR MAROVIC IN NEW YORK
Powell said he was satisfied with the latest decisions of the Contact Group referring to the commencement of dialogue on Kosmet. According to Marovic, US influence will prove inevitable in that process.

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RADIO SERBIA-MONTENEGRO
Belgrade, SEPTEMBER 25, 2003

Serbia and Montenegro President Svetozar Marovic was told in talks with US State Secretary Colin Powell that the procedure of the normalization of trade relations between the two countries would be intensified.

He informed Powell of the current preparations for including a number of Serbia and Montenegro Army members in international peace missions worldwide and emphasized that their participation could be expected in the first half of 2004. Powell said he was satisfied with the latest decisions of the Contact Group referring to the commencement of dialogue on Kosmet. According to Marovic, US influence will prove inevitable in that process.

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Serbia and Montenegro President Svetozar Marovic said at the UN General Assembly in New York that the authorities of the state union would do everything to ensure the success of the forthcoming Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.

We are aware that we cannot change the past, but we can do much to improve the present and future. We want to find peace for all citizens who have been rendered homeless and who number more than 650,000 in Serbia and Montenegro, Marovic said. He emphasized that Serbia and Montenegro is turned to the stabilization of circumstances in the region of the West Balkans, the cooperation of countries in the region, fight against organized crime and full cooperation with the Hague Tribunal, as well as with European integrations. Marovic voiced readiness by the state union to help world peace missions.



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