Serb women cry while they display photos of their missing relatives, during a protest in downtown Belgrade, Yugoslavia Thursday Nov. 16, 2000. Several hundred Kosovo Serbs staged a protest demanding the release of information on about 1,300 Serbs missing in Kosovo province since 1998.
Photo by Srdjan Ilic (AP)

 DISSAPEARANCES OF SERBS IN THE PERIOD BETWEEN JAN 15 - JULY 30 1998

"The information gathered by the HLC indicates that KLA members are responsible for the disappearance of several tens of Serbs, Montenegrins and Roma whose whereabouts and fate remain unknown, and the deaths of several of these abducted persons. KLA members are responsible also for the disappearance of a number of ethnic Albanians, described as "collaborators of the Serbian regime" and "loyal citizens of the Republic of Serbia" by the ethnic Albanian public and Serbian authorities, respectively. "

FROM
KOSOVO - DISSAPEARANCES IN TIME OF ARMED CONFLICT
Humanitarian Law Center

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II DISAPPEARANCES OF SERBS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE KOSOVO LIBERATION ARMY

2.1 Unknown fate of Dara and Vukosava Vujosevic, and Milovan and Milka Vlahovic of Gornji Ratis

The Serb inhabitants of Gornji Ratis fled on 21 April when the KLA took control of the area, and found refuge at the Youth Center in the town of Decani, close to the medieval Visoki Decani monastery. Only four remained in the village: the sisters Dara (69) and Vukosava (65) Vujosevic, and Milovan Vlahovic (60) and his wife Milka (62). No Serb has managed to enter Gornji Ratis since 21 April to find out how these four elderly people are faring. The Vlahovics' daughter, who left the village with her brother on 21 April, told the HLC they tried to return the next day for their parents but were stopped and turned back by KLA members.

Source: HLC

2.2. Unknown fate of Slobodan Radosevic, and Milica and Milos Radunovic of Dasinovac

The KLA took control of Dasinovac on 22 April. Most Serbs fled the village the day before; only Slobodan Radosevic (64), Milica Radunovic (59), her husband Milos (60), and the Markovic family remained.

Radosevic's wife Rosa and their son Stanisa tried to return for Slobodan the next day. They were able to reach Pozar village where they were stopped at an KLA checkpoint and taken to the KLA headquarters in Glodjane, where, they told the HLC, Stanisa was physically abused. They were released later that day but were not allowed to go to Dasinovac for Slobodan.

Milos and Milica Radunovic were last seen by their son and daughter-in-law on 22 April when they came from Decani to take the elderly couple back with them. They were, however, unable to persuade Milos and Milica to leave and returned home thesame day. They have had no news since then. Albanian friends of the family went to Dasinovac to look for MIlos and Milica but with no success.

According to several sources, including the Albanian-language daily Koha Ditore, Slobodan Radosevic and Milos Radunovic were killed. Relatives have heard that they were buried by the roadside in Glodjane but no one has seen the graves.

Source: HLC

2.3. Arbitrary detention of Vladan, Igor and Slobodan Mikic of Klina

Vladan (31), Igor (21), and Slobodan Mikic (17) were released on 30 April after being held for four days. They said they were accosted by a group of armed Albanians on Popova Glavica hill, blindfolded, taken to Ozrim and, later, to Vocnjak village. They were not ill-treated.

Source: Belgrade media

2.4. Arbitrary detention of Krsta and Dejan Jeftic, and Stanko Stankovic of Recane

Krsta Jeftic (19) and his twin brother Dejan, and Stanko Stankovic (48) of Recane, Suva Reka Township, were released on 5 July. They were taken the day before while pasturing their livestock.

Source: Belgrade media

2.5. Arbitrary detention of Vojko and Ivan Bakrac, refugees from Croatia

A group of armed Albanians stopped a Djakovica Ekspres bus near Crnaljevo on the Prizren-Stimlje road on 29 June. Four passengers, of whom three Serb refugees from Croatia, were taken off the bus and to an unknown destination. Two of the abducted, Vojko Bakrac and his 18-year-old son Ivan, were released on 8 or 9 July through the efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). There has been no news of the other two passengers.

Source: Belgrade media

2.6. Arbitrary detention of three women from Veliki Djurdjevak

Four Serb families left Veliki Djurdjevak in the afternoon of 20 June. An HLC witness said they were evacuated swiftly by police because of an expected attack, and had no time to take any belongings.

On 23 June, three women, including the HLC witness, returned to feed their livestock. They had just entered their homes when three armed Albanians appeared, one in uniform and two in civilian clothes. One of the latter was from the neighboring village. The women did not know the other two. At gunpoint, the women were put into a Mercedes car with Ivangrad license plates and two of the men drove them to Likovac.

Likovac had its own police station up to 1987. As in many other all-Albanian villages, the police were withdrawn by 1990, after which the building served as the village community center. This is how the HLC witness describes the place where she was held for 36 hours:

There were some trees, big ones, in front of the building. As you go in, there were beds and a doctor's office. There were tidy beds, a bathroom, a table in the middle and chairs. They took the three of us into a small room and gave us three chairs to sit on. There were uniforms in the room, and car license plates with UCK 1/11, 1/12, 1/13 on them, standing for Drenica. The uniforms were complete, black and dark blue, almost like police uniforms. There were boots and shoes also. They offered us food but we couldn't eat. I heard the voice of Drago Vostic in the next room; the connecting door was a thin one. Then I also heard Radomir talking in that room (HLC note: Drago and Radomir Vostic from Jelovac went missing on 20 June while they were making hay outside the village.) The Vostic brothers speak very good Albanian. I heard them talking but couldn't make out the words. They asked Drago Vostic about his son. They questioned us too, asked where we
were from, where our husbands, our brothers-in-law work. Nothing else. Then they let us go; it was Wednesday (HLC note: 24 June), about three or four in the afternoon, and they said: "Don't you even think about going back home; we won't let you go next time."

According to the witness, a senior officer drove them to Dusevica village in a white van, from where they walked to the police station in Josanica.

Source: HLC

2.7. Arbitrary detention of Milosav and Vojislav Smigic of Leocina

On 18 May, 25 Serbs left their homes in Leocina, Srbica Township. Five, all with the last name Smigic, of whom four over the age of 70 - Milosav and his wife Sultana, Aleksandra "Lenka" and her son Radomir, and Krstiva Smigic - stayed in the village. On 9 June, a group of armed Albanians in military uniforms forced their way into their houses. The incident was described by Krstiva Smigic, who reached the police station in Rudnik village early in the morning of 13 June, and told the police she feared something had happened to her relatives Milosav, Sultana, Radomir and Lenka. That same day, she joined seven Serb families who moved out of Rudnik for Zubin Potok, a small town with a majority Serb population near the boundary with Serbia proper.

The Leocina Serbs said they were forced to leave their homes. In April, their Albanians neighbors stopped speaking to them although relations between the two communities had been normal until then.

Earlier that month, Milosav and Vojislav Smigic were walking home to Leocina from Kosovska Mitrovica. They were stopped by three armed Albanians, put in a car and taken to the KLA headquarters in Turicevac village. Milosav Smigic's relatives saidhe did not realize immediately that he had been abducted, believing he and Vojislav were being given a lift. They were taken to a store in Trnava and, as they got out, Milosav said," Thanks children, you've saved us a long walk." In front of the store, one of the Albanians used a walkie-talkie to ask what should be done with two Serbs they had captured. Milosav realized then that he and Vojislav had been abducted. He heard an elderly Albanian who came by tell the three uniformed men, "Don't you hurt them now; they've done nobody no harm."

A van with dark windows arrived and drove the two Smigics to the KLA headquarters in Turicevac, where an officer was expecting them. Milosav recounted to his relatives that guns were pressed to his and Vojislav's necks but that they were not otherwise mistreated. They were each given 10 aspirin "so their heads wouldn't hurt" and ten cigarettes. Milosav wished the KLA men a happy Bayram holiday. Vojislav said to his relatives that the men at the KLA headquarters told them, "This isn't your country," and warned them that they could no longer stay in their village.

On 9 May, the teenage brothers Bojan and Goran Smigic were harrassed by unidentified Albanians while bussing to school in Rudnik, and told that there was no more school for them. After this incident, the Leocina children transferred to a school in the small town of Istok, where there is a police station.

Source: HLC

2.8. Arbitrary detention of Jovan Lukic of Brnjaca

At about 6 p.m. on 17 July, when he was driving past Seljazin Breg at the crossroads outside Orahovac, Jovan Lukic was stopped by a group of armed Albanians. Some were in civilian clothes, others in uniform, and Lukic said later he knew most of them by sight. He was taken to Crvenica on a mountain near Orahovac, where he saw two Serbs, Srdjan and Srecko Vitosevic, who had been taken before him. Ceda Cabarkapa and Dusko Dzinovic were brought in somewhat later.

The abductors tied the hands of the Serbs, pulled caps over their eyes, and used Lukic's and their own car to drive them to the former police station in Malisevo. Among the prisoners there, Lukic recognized a Roma man by the first name of Azem, his wife and 12-year-old daughter, a Dusko from Orahovac, a Toma and his son, and a man and his son from Mlecane whose names he did not know. They were separated into groups and led into different rooms. Lukic was in a room with two doctors from the Orahovac Medical Center, one of whom from Serbia proper and other from Velika Hoca, and the two Vitosevics. They were held in the building for two days and two nights. Five or six Albanians came into the rooms at intervals of 10-15 minutes and beat the prisoners.

During the second night, Lukic noticed that groups of men were being taken out and driven away in a van, which later returned empty. He and the others in his room were the last group to be taken out. Their hands were tied, they were bundled into the van and four soldiers took them into the woods. As they were coming out of the van, Lukic managed to break his bonds and attempted to seize a gun from one of the soldiers. The soldier struck him and broke his arm. Lukic started running, shouting to the others to follow suit. The soldiers fired after him and chased him for a while. Lukic went cross country to Suva Reka, from where the police took him to the Prizren hospital. He does not know what happened to the other prisoners.

Source: HLC

2.9. Arbitrary detention of seven monks, a nun, and villagers from Orahovac vicinity

Serbs from Zociste recounted that the village was attacked on 19 July by around 1,000 armed Albanians - local inhabitants and "some strangers." About 200 armed Serbs tried unsuccessfully to repulse the attack. Younger people fled to neighboring Velika Hoca, a village with some 400 Serb homes; others, mostly elderly, sought refugee at the Serbian Orthodox monastery of Saints Cosmas and Damian. Early next morning, the monastery came under fire and its guest house was hit by two shells. Local Serbs said the Albanians did not target the church, aiming at the other monastery buildings, and that the attack lasted about two hours.

The monks tried to resist with the four rifles they had but, realizing it was in vain, decided to surrender. The Albanians searched the monastery, led out the people hiding inside, and demanded that all Serbs leave "because we don't want to see you in the village any more." In a bus belonging to the Termomont company of Orahovac, the Serbs were taken to the Albanian-language elementary school in Semetiste near Suva Reka. They were held there under guard until 22 July when they were handed over to the ICRC. They told news reporters they were not mistreated but that a visiting priest from Serbia was whipped.

The following Serbs were released to the ICRC: Stanoje Misic (25), Mitra Misic (25), Darinka Misic (70), Borka Trpkovic (18), Zagorka Stojanovic (33), Vukadin Krstic (83); Father Jovan from the monastery; Dragomir Prodanovic, Radmilo Jelic (25), Vladimir Rancic (25), Andjelka Djordjevic (49), Branko Preradovic (22), Ivan Trajkovic (48), Goran Djordjevic (36), Radomir Krstic (67), Olga Simic (53), Slavica Bandzic (42), Ljubica Krstic (88), Branko Krstic (50), Dobrila Bozanic (26), Dragica Bozanic (42), Duska Bozanic (59), Milutin Djurdjic (85), Desanka Bandzic (80), Stanoje Kostic (66), Momirka Kostic (53), Slavka Djurdjic (57), Kosara Kostic (62), Danica Kostic (54), Lazarka Kostic (62), Petra Kostic (60), Danica Kostic (54), Mirjana Nikolic (38), Leposava Misic (84), and Desanka Cucurevic (72).

Source: Belgrade media, Kosovo Red Cross

2.10. Unknown fate of Milosav, Sultana, Radomir and Aleksandra Smigic

Krstiva Smigic told HLC researchers that all Serbs moved out of Leocina apart from herself, Milosav, Sultana, Aleksandra "Lenka" and Radomir Smigic. Milosav flatly refused to leave his home and his wife Sultana did not want to leave without him. Aleksandra decided to stay because she was very close with Sultana, and her son Radomir was unwilling to leave her. On 8 July, an Albanian neighbor came to warn them that they would be attacked. Krstiva said neither she nor the others believed him. At about 10 a.m. the next day, four men in camouflage fatigues and caps came into her yard. She describes what happened next:

As soon as I saw them, I ran over to Milosav and Sultana's. The soldiers beckoned to me but I was afraid to let them get close up. The four of them came after me and asked us, "What are you doing here? This is Albania; there's nothing here for you." To which Milosav replied, "It's been Serbia up to now. And even if it's Albania, we can find a way to live together in peace." Then they hit Milosav with their gun butts and kicked me and Sultana. They ransacked the house, broke the furniture. They put us in one room, set fire to the bedding and said they'd be back in an hour. The quilts were
burning and we tried to put them out. We opened the window and climbed out. Milosav told me and Sultana to flee.

Radomir and Lenka saw what was happening from their yard and called to us. We left Milosav in his yard. We talked about where we could hide. Radomir told me, Sultana and Lenka to go into the wheat fields and said he would hide upstairs. Us three women left the house and went into the fields. After a while, Sultana and Lenka said they wanted to go back. Sultana went to her husband, and me and Lenka went back to her house, to Radomir. But about 30 of them were going into the yard and, when they saw us, then came toward us. They were armed, some in uniform and some in civvies.
Ten of them went into Radomir's house. They found him upstairs. We heard screams and Lenka rushed upstairs. I stayed below. I heard terrible screams and moaning from above. I couldn't bear it any more and went out again. I heard three rifle shots before I got into some high grass. I didn't see them drag Radomir or Lenka downstairs.

From her hiding place, Krstiva saw the Smigic houses in flames. The next day, she cautiously approached Milosav's house, called Sultana, and then went to Radomir's house and called him and Lenka. There was no response. Krstiva spent the next two nights near the fire-gutted remains. On the fourth night, she set out for Rudnik, knowing there were Serbs and police in the village.

2.11. The abduction of Dostana Smigic of Srbica

Hearing that her mother Krstiva had stayed in Leocina although almost all the other Serb inhabitants had left, Dostana Smigic went to get her on 19 May. She left Srbica, where she lived, in her Yugo car (license plates KM 316 06). According to information gathered by the HLC, Dostana Smigic was seen as she passed through Rudnik and several other villages near Leocina. She was reportedly stopped in Ozrim and taken to Likovac village, also in the Drenica area. According to many Serbs, the former police station in Likovac has been turned into a detention facility for Serbs and for Albanians who fail to comply with KLA orders.

2.12. The abduction of Cedomir Kandic of Kotor

Cedomir "Cedo" Kandic (55), an employee of the Belgrade-based Termoelektro company, was taken from his home in Kotor, Srbica Township, on 13 June. His brother, a police officer with the Kosovska Mitrovica Police Department, said Cedo was in poor health: he was convalescing following an ulcer operation, and suffers also from rheumatism and a vascular disorder. Cedo, his brother says, "never hurt a fly in his whole life."

Seven armed Albanians came to the Kandic house, in which Cedomir lived with his step-mother Angelina "Draginja", took a pistol for which he had a permit, and a knife used to slaughter pigs. They took Cedomir away, telling Draginja he would be back in half an hour, after he made a statement. The other five Serb families in Kotor fled as soon as they heard Cedomir had been taken. Only Draginja and Mileva Vukovic (73) stayed. Cedomir's relatives told the HLC that ICRC delegates managed to take Draginja Kandic and Mileva Vukovic out of the village on 29 June, when they visited Kotor for the second time. After the first visit, the ICRC delivered to Cedomir's brother a note someone had written on behalf of the illiterate Draginja: "I am in good
health. But I can't live alone and I can't get out of here either."

2.13. The abduction of Miroslav Sulinic of Vidanje

Miroslav Sulinic (29) of Vidanje disappeared on 21 May on his way home from Dobri Dol near Kursumlija (Serbia proper) where he worked at a lumber mill. He was last seen passing through the police checkpoint at Komorane in his Toyota Corolla car. At some point after the checkpoint, he was reportedly stopped by a group of armed Albanians. Sulinic was carrying a pistol for which he had a permit. His relatives have heard that he is being held in Likovac and that, as a civilian, he is not ill-treated and is put to work with other prisoners on digging trenches.

Source: HLC

2.14. The abduction of Branko Staletic of Mlecane

On 20 June, armed Albanians in camouflage fatigues appeared in Mlecane and forced the Serb families to move out to Kijevo. They retained one villager, Branko Staletic, and took him away.

Source: Belgrade media

2.15. The abduction of Ratko and Cedomirka Miljkovic of Pantina

Thirteen Serb families fled Pantina amidst gunfire in the early morning of 26 June. Ratko Miljkovic (55) and his wife Cedomirka (52) remained in the village. Cveta Simic (65), was the only person to stay in Hercegovo, about one kilometer from Pantina. The Miljkovics' daughter, Snezana, last saw her parents on 25 June, when her father went to negotiate with their Albanian neighbors.

My father went over to our neighbor Bajram, to ask him to go with him to Dr Ismet Saciri, the most respected Albanian in the village, and negotiate our moving out peacefully. So they went together. But they came back soon because they were told the doctor wasn't there and would send for them when he returned.. And, at about 7.30 a.m., some children came for my father. He went and never came back. At around 9 o'clock, I heard my mother's voice from the front of the house, crying out to us to take care, that we were surrounded.

With her uncle and other Serbs families - the Vasics, Milenkovics, Zivkovics and Spirics - Snezana fled through the fields to Svinjarevo. On 14 July, the HLC learned that Cveta Simic was found beside the road between Pantina and Vucitrn and subsequently hospitalized in Belgrade. When they visited her in the hospital on 18 July, HLC researchers observed serious injuries on her body. Cveta Simic was unable to say how she was hurt or how she got to the spot where she was found, and mentioned only an elderly Albanian giving her a glass of water.

Source: HLC

2.16. The abduction of Zarko Spasic of Sibovac

Zarko Spasic (35), employed as a driver at the Belacevac strip mine, was abducted at 9.30 p.m. on 14 May near the bus station at Grabovac village. People who were waiting at the station told his father, Milorad Spasic, that Zarko was stopped by armed and uniformed Albanians and taken in the direction of Dobrosevac, Glogovac Township.

Source: HLC, Belgrade media

2.17. The abduction of Bozidar Lempic and 10 employees of the Belacavac mine

After taking control of the Belacevac strip mine on 22 July, KLA members abducted nine mine workers: Zoran Andjancic, Pero Andjancic, Dusan Andjancic, Filip Gojkovic, Dragan Vukmirovic, Mirko Buha, Mirko Trifunovic, Srboljub Savic, and Bozidar Lempic.

Investigating the incident, the HLC found that six KLA members stopped a bus taking 40 employees of the mine from Obilic to Belacevac. Twelve were reportedly taken off the bus. Two Albanian mine engineers were released immediately while 10 Serbs were taken away. Among them was Bozidar Lempic from Gojbulja near Vucitrn, who is not a mine employee.

The HLC also established that Mirko Buha, a manager at the mine, was not among those taken off the bus. He went missing the same day while on his way to Belacevac from Obilic via Crkvene Vodice and Ade in his Lada automobile (license plates BR 657 67).

Source: HLC, Belgrade media

2.18. The abduction of Zvonko Marinkovic and Jefta Petkovic of Musutiste

According to Aleksandar Naspalic, the parish priest in Musutiste, two villagers, Zvonko Marinkovic and Jefta Petkovic, and another four Serbs from Racan were abducted. The priest refuted a report in the Belgrade daily Blic that "the terrorists castrated three of the men and killed another."

Source: Politika, Blic,

2.19. The abduction of Stamen Genov and Djordje Cuk, a refugee

Stamen Genov, an ethnic Bulgarian from Bosilegrad (eastern Serbia), employed as a medical technician at a military medical facility in Djakovica, took a bus to Belgrade on 29 June to enroll in college. He, Djordje Cuk, and a man identified only by his last name, Bakrac, both Serb refugees from Croatia, were taken off the bus. Bakrac was subsequently released. There is no information on the fate of Genov and Cuk.

Source: HLC, Belgrade media

2.20. The abduction of Djordje Djoric of Orahovac

Djordje Djoric (28), was taken from the Orahovac Medical Center early in the morning of 18 July. Djoric was driving a neighbor, a woman who had started her labor pains, and her husband, to the Medical Center. They were stopped by armed Albanians who ordered Djoric out of his Yugo car and said they knew his two brothers were police officers. After some 20 minutes, the KLA members brought the three to the Medical Center, went inside with them and took them up to the fourth floor. There were no patients on the floor. A midwife told them that several KLA groups had come into the Medical Center on 17 July, that some doctors had fled, and that a Dr Dusko from Velika Hoca, and Drs Stojanovic and Isuf had been taken by the KLA.

Djoric was interrogated by the KLA members who had stopped his car and others who came during the night. He was taken into the hallway, asked questions about his brothers, and beaten. A KLA group appeared at about 3 a.m on 18 July and said they were members of the Drenica KLA. They asked who the Yugo outside the Center belonged to, took the keys from Djoric and drove him away.

Source: HLC

2.21. The abduction of Sinisa Lukic and Veselin Lazic of Gornje Nerodimlje

Sinisa Lukic and Veselin Lazic were abducted at about 7.30 p.m. on 20 July while on their way from Gornje Nerodimlje to the nearby town of Urosevac. According to the Politika newspaper, they were taken to Jezerac village where the KLA has a headquarters and runs a detention camp for Serbs from this area of Kosovo.

Source: Politika

2.22. The abduction of police officer Dejan Stamenkovic

Dejan Stamenkovic, a police officer from Ropotovo, Vitina Township, was taken off a bus running between Kosovska Mitrovica and Pec. The bus was stopped at Cubrelj village in the Drenica area on 19 May. There has been no information on his whereabouts since then. The official Serbian media reported that Stamenkovic was off duty, in civilian clothes and traveling on personal business.

Source: Belgrade media

2.23. The abduction of police officer Ivan Bulatovic

Police officer Ivan Bulatovic was taken off a Pec-Kosovo Polje train when it stopped at the Banjica station on 23 May. His wife has heard that he is being held at a KLA detention center in Likovac. Quoting as its source the Albanian-language Gazeta Shqiptare, Politika reported that Bulatovic was at the KLA camp in Izbica, also in the Drenica area.

2.24. The abduction of police officers Nikola Jovanovic and Rade Popadic

Two Serbian police officers, Rade Popadic of Sabac and Nikola Jovanovic of Loznica, went missing at Babaloc village on 25 May. On 29 May, the Belgrade daily Danas quoted senior police sources in Kosovo as saying the two police officers had been taken prisoner and were believed to be well-treated by the KLA. The paper further reported that there had been contacts between the police authorities and the KLA on exchanging captured police officers in return for food supplies.

On 10 July, Danas said the District Court in Pec had been asked to institute a judicial investigation against Dem Ramosaj and another four Albanians on charges of involvement in the abduction of Popadic and Jovanovic. The paper added that the investigations until then had indicated that the suspects had no knowledge of what happened to the two police officers after their abduction. It noted also the increasing talk in police circles in Kosovo about the possibility of exchanging abducted Serbs for
arrested Albanians.

Besa Arlati, member of the Democratic Alliance of Kosovo organization in Djakovica, was questioned at the Djakovica Police Department several times in connection with the abduction of officers Popadic and Jovanovic. The first time was on 26 May when Police Chief Sreten Camovic demanded that she tell them everything she knew about the alleged abduction. Besa Arlati said the police inspectors cursed her "Albanian mother" and called her a whore, and Chief Camovic punched her in the face. She was held all night in a cellar, flooded with sewage some 10-15 centimeters deep. On 28 May, she was questioned continuously for nine hours. She was then allowed to go on condition she returned the next day, dressed in track suit and sport shoes, ostensibly to accompany police on a search for the abducted officers. When she reported on 29 May, police took off her jewelry and again took her down to the same cellar, where she remained until 11 p.m. on 1 June when she was released.


IV DISAPPEARANCES OF SERBS AND ROMA IN UNCLEAR CIRCUMSTANCES

4.1 Radomir Ivanovic of Maznik

Radomir Ivanovic went missing on the night of 23/24 April on the road to Maznik. He had fled the village two days earlier and, with other Serbs families from Gornje Ratiste and Maznik, was placed at the Youth Center in Decani.

Source: Politika

4.2. Branko Stamatovic

At the end of April, HLC researchers learned from displaced Serbs at the Decani Youth Center that Branko Stamatovic had been missing since 25 April. On 27 April, Politika quoted an unidentified Albanian family as saying Branko Stamatovic of Prilep had been taken "to the notorious village Glodjane." In mid-June, HLC researchers were told by a displaced Albanian in Montenegro that he saw Stamatovic come to Prilep with police at about 3 p.m. on 28 May and set fire to the house of his Albanian neighbor, Avdilj Lokaj.

Source: Politika, HLC

4.3. Gurim Bejta, Agron Berisa and Ivan Zaric of Dolac

Gurim Bejta and Agron Berisa (16), both Roma, and Ivan Zaric (24), a Serb, left Dolac on 20 May with a cart-load of corn for milling in the neighboring village of Grabanica. They never returned. They were last seen by Gurim's father, Ramadan Bejta, when he saw them off.

Source: HLC

4.4. Ragip Gutic and Vucic Vukovic of Krusevac, and Novica Vujisic of Dubovik

Ragip Gutic, Vucic Vukovic (35) and Novica Vujisic (17) disappeared on 18 June at Krusevac, a village in Suva Reka Township.

Source: Politika

4.5. Radomir and Dragutin Vostic of Jelovac

The Vostic brothers from Jelovac, Radomir (67) and Dragutin (69), disappeared on 20 June. Radomir's wife told the HLC they left home early in the morning to make hay between Josanica and Dusevici villages. When they did not return, she went to look for them. All she found were their scythes and their jackets hanging from a bush.

Source: HLC

4.6. Djuro Latas of Rakovica

Disappeared on 4 July on the Pristina-Suva Reka road.

Source: Kosovo Red Cross, Belgrade daily Glas

4.7. Jugoslav Kostic of Retimlje

Disappeared on 11 July at Brestovacke Padine.

Source: Kosovo Red Cross, Glas,

4.8. Slobodan Mitrovic and Milovan Krstic of Recane

Disappeared on 24 June at Krusevac, Suva Reka Township.

Source: Kosovo Red Cross, Glas

4.9. Zeljko Kovacic of Javoran

Disappeared on 24 June on the Pristina-Suva Reka road.

Source: Kosovo Red Cross, Glas

4.10. Svetomir Bisevac of Ostrog

Disappeared on 4 July on the Pristina-Prizren road

Source: Kosovo Red Cross, Glas

4.11. Srboljub Miladinovic of Recane

Disappeared on 24 June on the Pristina-Suva Reka road.

Source: Kosovo Red Cross, Glas

4.12. Srdjan Perovic of Pec

Disappeared on 6 July at Lodj.

Source: Kosovo Red Cross, Glas

4.13. Alija Nasret of Dolovo

Disappeared on 20 May at Grabanica.

Source: Kosovo Red Cross, Glas

4.14. Resad and Suhad Hadza of Kosovoska Mitrovica

Resad and Suhad Hadza were last seen while on their way to the bus station in Kosovska Mitrovica in a van belonging to Resad Hodza (licence plates BR 369 74). They had been at the house of the Hodza family to buy plastic products and asked them for a lift to the bus station.

Source: HLC

4.15. 52 persons from Orahovac, Velika Hoca, Opterusa, Djakovica and Retimlja

The following persons disappeared during fighting between the police-military forces and the KLA in the period from 17-22 July: Dusko Dolasevic and Dusko Patrnogic of Velika Hoca; Djordje Baljosevic, Tomislav Baljosevic, Slavka Baljosevic, Srdjan Vitosevic, Srecko Vitosevic, Cedo Cabarkapa, Dusko Djinovic, Krsta Stanojevic, Azem Isaku, Visar Isaku, Aleksandar Stojanovic, Ivica Simic, Svetozar Tomic, and Milorad Filjdjokic of Orahovac; Mladen Bozanic, Nemanja Bozanic, Duska Bozanic, Spasa Banzic, Slavica Banzic, Desanka Banzic, Srecko Banzic, Olga Simic, Spasa Djurdjic, Pedja Djurdjic and Jova Vasic of Opterusa; Lazar Kostic, Todor Kostic, Sasko Kostic, Zivko Kostic, Srecko Kostic, Miroljub Kostic, Veroslav Kostic, Svetomir Kostic, Nebojsa Kostic, Miodrag Kostic, Zvonko Kostic, Rajko Nikolic and Cvetko Nikolic of Retimlje; Nenad Tomic of Djakovica.

The names of Vitko Kostic and five members of the family of Jovan Lukic of Orahovac, Olga Simic, Milutin Djurdjic, Stanojka Djurdjic and Slavka Djurdjic were also on this list. The HLC has learned in the meantime that Vitko Kostic was released, and that the five Lukics were not abducted. The Kosovo Red Cross and local Serbian authorities reported that Olga Simic, Milutin, Stanojka and Slavka Djurdjic were also released.

Source: Belgrade media, HLC


UPDATE

1. 10 Orahovac Serbs released

Ten Serbs captured by the KLA during the fighting in Orahovac were released on the night of 29/30 July. Only the released members of the Baljosevic family have been identified by name: Slavka, her daughter-in-law Snezana, and her 13-month-old grandson Ninoslav.

2. Ratko and Branko Staletic killed

On 30 July, police found the bodies of the Mlecane villagers Ratko Staletic and his son Branko near the village of Orlate, on the Pristina-Pec road. The Staletics were taken from Mlecane on 20 June by a group of armed Albanians in camouflage fatigues.