NEWSLETTER No 12


Stop terrorism in Kosovo

Kfor Cracks on Albanian Extremists in Kosovo


Controversial former warlord and the present political leader
International press about Haradinaj

Ramush Haradinaj Indicted

Pristina, 13 Aug (B92) - UNMIK spokesperson Andrea Angeli announced that an international prosecutor from Kosovo has raised charges against Ramush Haradinaj, for posing a threat to public safety.
The charges stem from a July 2000 incident were Haradinaj is accused of involvement in an exchange of fire with members of the Musaj family, who supported the political opposition of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), of which Haradinaj is President. The Musaj family also implicates Haradinaj in the disappearance of their family members.

Pristina, 13 Aug (BBC) - A senior ethnic Albanian Kosovo politician has been charged by a UN court for violent behavior.
Ramush Haradinaj, a former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), is accused along with five others of being involved in a shooting dating back almost two years.
The indictment comes two months ahead of local elections.
Mr. Haradinaj is one of Kosovo's most high-profile politicians and the leader of the province's third-largest ethnic Albanian party.


Rrustem "Remi" Mustafa Arrested

Rrustem "Remi" Mustafa, left, former senior commander of Kosovo rebels, speaks with the Commander of the Kosovo Protection Corps, Agim Ceku, during a ceremony for the anniversary of NATO troops entering Kosovo in Pristina in this June 11, 2000 file photo. Mustafa, an ethnic Albanian, was arrested in the provincial capital, Pristina, in an operation led by U.N. police, Sunday Aug. 11, 2002 for allegedly torturing and murdering at least five captives, officials said. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu, File) text by Yahoo

More about Rrustem "Remi" Mustafa
by Max Sinclair, Columbia University, November 1999
Original Link at Free Republic.com

Remi's campaign against moderate Albanians, expulsion of population, etc...

Former Senior Rebel In Kosovo Arrested By U.N. Police, NATO

Pristina, 11 Aug (New Jersey Online) - A former senior commander of Kosovo rebels was arrested by U.N. police and NATO peacekeepers Sunday for allegedly torturing and murdering at least five captives, officials said.

Rrustem Mustafa, an ethnic Albanian, was arrested in the provincial capital, Pristina, in an operation led by U.N. police, said Wing Cmdr. Drew Andersen, spokesman for the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo.

Authorities did not disclose the ethnicities of the alleged victims nor the period when the alleged crimes took place.

A United Nations statement only said a suspect was arrested at the request of an international prosecutor.

"The investigation is focused on evidence linking the suspect to the torture and murder of at least five illegally detained persons," the statement said.

Mustafa, also known by his nom de guerre "Remi," was a senior commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army, the rebel force that fought Serb police and the army for independence in 1998-1999. He controlled Kosovo's northern region bordering Serbia.

After the war, Mustafa became a high-ranking official with the Kosovo Protection Corps created to handle civilian emergencies after the U.N. and NATO took control of the province in June 1999. The group consists of former rebels.
Mustafa was suspended from the corps last year after President Bush included him on a list of people viewed as a threat to peace in the western Balkans and a threat to international staff in the region.

Mustafa was among those accused of involvement in the Macedonian insurgency of February 2001.

Bush's executive order, which also named three other corps officials, also banned financial transactions with them.

Mustafa was dismissed in April after breaking the terms of his suspension. At the time, officials would not disclose details of the breach. (AP)

Just to remember:

INTERNATIONAL PRESS REPORTS:

Kosovo Post-war Cleansing of Minorities

US Senate, Republican Committee: UCK "From 'Terrorists' to 'Partners'"

UCK Fundraising and Drug Ties

Extremists and their financial sources

More on KLA and their illegal criminal activities

NATO Peacekeepers Arrest Suspected Extremists In Kosovo

Stefan Bos

12 Aug (VOA) - NATO peacekeepers in Kosovo have arrested three suspected members of what are described as armed extremists groups in the Yugoslav province. The arrests follow the detention on Sunday of a former ethnic Albanian rebel commander.

The KFOR peacekeeping force in Kosovo said three extremists were arrested in the provincial capital Pristina early Monday.

KFOR spokesman Drew Anderson said the three detainees posed an immediate threat to security in the Kosovo area. He gave no details about the ethnicity of the detainees, who were taken to the largest United States military installation under KFOR, known as Camp Bondsteel, some 50 kilometers south of Pristina.
Mr. Anderson said peacekeepers have taken additional measures to prevent extremist activity along the borders and administrative boundaries of Kosovo.
The arrests come at a time when the peacekeepers have increased efforts to combat extremism in the province, where ethnic tensions have continued.
On Sunday, U.N. police backed by KFOR peacekeepers detained a former commander of the ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army. Rrustem Mustafa was taken into custody on charges of murder and torture.

Last week, KFOR arrested 19 people, 13 of them described as members of armed extremist groups, in a crackdown along the border with neighboring Macedonia.

Spokesman Anderson told reporters that these earlier arrests were not linked to the new detentions on Monday.

Kosovo was placed under a U.N. led administration in 1999, after NATO bombing drove out the Serb forces of ex-President Slobodan Milosevic in a bid to stop repression of the ethnic Albanian majority in the troubled province.

Covic Says Mustafa Should Be In The Hague

Pristina, 12 Aug (Tanjug) - Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija President Nebojsa Covic has said in a statement for Tanjug that Rrustem Mustafa, the self-styled commander Remi, and his fellow fighters of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army, should not face the provincial judicial organs for the crimes and criminal activities they committed, but those in The Hague.

"Official Belgrade had expected that KFOR and UNMIK police members would have arrested Mustafa even sooner, because of the crimes and criminal activities he committed during and after the end of the war in Kosovo and Metohija, but it is never too late," Covic said late Sunday, in reaction to Mustafa's arrest in downtown Pristina.

Diary of a Serbian Monk
Thoughts about the events during the last month
The text in PDF format

ENGLISH SERBIAN

The Areal View
The land of Visoki Decani monastery under threat

URGENT - Albanian Institutions Continue with Repression Against Serbian Monastery

LOCAL COURT IN DECANI ILLEGALLY TAKES AWAY MONASTERY LAND

Judge Haki Balaj "annuls" decision of the Serbian Government

Visoki Decani, August 9, 2002

On Friday, August 2, 2002, after nine consecutive sessions the muncipal court in Decani, with Judge Haki Balaj presiding, annulled the decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia from 1997 returning to the Monastery of Visoki Decani a part of the land which was nationalized illegally and without compensation in 1946.

For more than three years there has been continuous pressure from the Decani municipality to deprive the monastery brethren of their right to use the land returned to the monastery by a special contract with the Government of the Republic of Serbia in 1997. This includes two land parcels totalling 23.45 hectares in immediately proximity to the monastery which were, together with 700 additional hectares of monastery property, illegally nationalized in 1946. For years the monastery unsuccessfully sought to correct this injustice and return at least a part of its property; however, the local authorities had simply distributed the greater part of the monastery land into the private hands of Albanians, who built their houses on it.

Built on the two above mentioned and now contested land parcels over time were the Visoki Decani Motel, in the forest immediately above the monastery, and "Apiko", a small honey-packing plant; both of these were abandoned and have been closed since the beginning of the 1990's. Finally in 1997 the monastery succeeded in getting these two land parcels and the buildings on them back from the Government of the Republic of Serbia. The contract with the Government of the Republic of Serbia was duly processed and recorded in all relevant land registry books, and the brethren began to use their property, which had belonged to the Monastery of Visoki Decani for centuries.

After the war the newly established Albanian municipal authorities immediately contested the decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and sought every possible means to take away this land from the monastery. In 2000, because of the firm position of the monastery brotherhood on the property issue, two mortar attacks were launched against the monastery in which, fortunately, no one was injured. KFOR secured all monastery property and UNMIK head Dr. Bernard Kouchner issued a special letter confirming the right of the monastery to use its own land. However, the municipal authorities pursued the matter and immediately filed a petition which has, in the meanwhile, been transferred to the district court in Pec, only to be bounced back to the municipal court in Decani. The monastery brotherhood did not attend hearings for the simple reason that the municipal court has no jurisdiction in this type of case and because it considered such acts on the part of local municipal authorities to be blatant examples of institutional repression.

The municipal court based its decision on unfounded facts and inaccurate information with the intent of proving the illegality of the decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia. Special significance was given to UNMIK Regulation 1999/24, according to which all contracts concluded after March 22, 1989 are supposedly "illegal". The best evidence of the arbitrary interpretation of this regulation is the fact that the Albanians are not contesting any of the contracts concluded in the last ten years which are to their benefit.

The Monastery of Visoki Decani will seek protection from UNMIK from blatant institutional repression waged against the last remaining Serb enclave in Decani municipality. While hundreds of hectares of privately-held land owned by Serbs have been usurped by the Albanians and state-owned property is being illegally appropriated left and right, UNMIK must nevertheless seek to protect the legitimate rights of the monastery which desires to preserve its property and which is essential to its economic survival. The monastery will also officially seek the assistance of the Government of the Republic of Serbia which must not allow its decisions to be annulled by court institutions without jurisdiction or objectivity.

Information Service of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren
Kosovo and Metohija,


A scene from the Stimlje "horror hospital"

DANAS, Belgrade daily, August 13, 2002
Horror in the Hospital

The Church Requests Urgent Evacuation of Mistreated Serb Patients

Gracanica, 10 Aug (Borba) - On Friday the Raska- Prizren eparchy of the Serb Orthodox Church (SPC) has strongly condemned the "inhumane acts of the Albanian medical staff " in Pristina and Stimlje in reference to the condition of psychiatric institutions.
In its press release, SPC requested that the mistreated Serb patients be immediately evacuated from Kosovo to Central Serbia. The church is appealing to UNMIK to contact the proper institutions from Central Serbia, so that the patients may be transferred.

UNMIK Confirmed the Report from the Guardian

Belgrade, 10 Aug (Beta) - UNMIK representatives have confirmed the accusations that they did not stop the harassment, sexual assault of the mentally ill patients, and the dirty and humiliating conditions in which they were kept. In an interview for the BBC, UNMIK spokesperson Susan Manuel stated that the international civilian mission in Kosovo had not received official reports of molestation. She also announced a program for the proper education of their mental health institution staff.


The Guardian reveals shocking truth about UN run Kosovo's mental hospitals in
which patients, mostly Serbs, are treated in most inhuman way by
Albanian medical personnel

Kosovo's Horror Hospitals
Orthodox Church Requests Urgent Evacuation of Mistreated Serb Patients
from an Albanian held Mental Asylum in Stimlje and the Pristina Old People's Home

Text in the Guardian:
UN 'ignored' abuse at Kosovo mental homes

The campaigners condemned the UN for continuing to fund refurbishment of the institutions instead of integrating the patients into community care programmes, but the official said money was not available for such initiatives. In addition, the patients were mostly ethnic Serbs, while the surrounding community was mostly ethnic Albanian, and the patients might be "abused or killed" if released.

"This is not in any way to excuse the bad circumstances in the institutions, but it's not like New York or California." But the official agreed that many ethnic Albanian staff had "not been trained and probably [were] not very sympathetic" to the patients.

Mental Patients Were Even Sexually Abused by the Personnel

Two former patients there, along with a physician working for another organisation, were also threatened by a staff member to prevent them revealing that the staff member had had sexual relationships with the two patients, the report said.

Tears
Repression continues despite UN and KFOR presence

ALBANIANS BEAT UP SERB MAN IN NOVO BRDO
Everyday terror against remaining Serbs continues

Gracanica, August 8, 2002

On August 7 two Albanians beat up Slavisa Djokic from the settlement of Stara Kolonija in Novo Brdo municipality. Djokic was attacked while standing near his house and talking with a Serb neighbor. The attack occurred on the first day following the withdrawal of the KFOR checkpoint from Novo Brdo. Slavisa is one of the few remaining Serbs in Stara Kolonija and lives here with his children. He is an employee of the Gnjilane Forestry Office. The motives for the attack are unknown. A report was filed with UNMIK police and KFOR and an investigation is in progress.

The Serbian farmers from Novo Brdo area constantly complain that local Albanians keep stealing their cattle. Without cattle, which is the only source of income for the poor Serb farmers, some families have already left this area seeking better life in Central Serbia. All incidents are regularly reported to the UNMIK police but according to the local Serbs perpertrators are never found.

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KOHA DITORE PUBLISHES STATEMENT BY FAKE B92 REPORTER

Man presenting himself as a Radio B92 reporter claimed there is no discrimination in Kosovo

Gracanica, August 8, 2002

On August 6, 2002 the Albanian language dailies Koha Ditore, published by well-know Pristina publicist Veton Surroi, and Epoka i Re published the statement of someone called Nenad Stojkovic who presented himself as a reporter for Radio B92 in Belgrade. In his statement, published by the Albanian dailies, Stojkovic stated that he feels as at home in Kosovo as in his native Smederevo and that no one is provoking or insulting him. Stojkovic further stated that the Serb and Roma refugees from Kosovo and Metohija give an entirely different version of events in the Province than what he saw. "They think there is no life in Kosovo for anyone except the Albanians. However, I am convinced there is no discrimination here." Stojkovic adds that he was under pressure from the previous Milosevic regime for speaking the truth.

This statement by Mr. Stojkovic might have really served as an encouraging example and good news for all Serbs if the man had not falsely presented himself as a B92 reporter. The Information Service of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren contacted B92 and determined that there is no one named Nenad Stojkovic employed by this media corporation nor in any sort of relationship with it.

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K/ALBANIAN MAYOR OF KLINA SAYS SERB RETURNEES ARE NOT WELCOME IN HIS MUNICIPALITY

Survival of Serbs in the Klina region village of Bicha uncertain

Gracanica, August 8, 2002

In an article from August 8, 2002 the Albanian language daily Bota Sot published a public statement by Ramo Manaj, the mayor of Klina municipality, where he states that Serb returnees are not welcome as long as the issue of missing Albanians remains unresolved. According to Mr. Manaj, there are 135 of them missing just from this municipality. This statement is in blatant contrast with the official policy of the Kosovo Government which declared that Serb returns are welcome.

As in the past in Kosovo and Metohija, there are two versions of the story: one for the international community and Western media, and another for local Serbs whose lives are made miserable in every possible way. It remains to be seen how the first 15-odd Serbs in Bicha will survive surrounded by intolerant local Albanians. The UNMIK daily police report of August 8 confirmed that on this day three masked and armed Albanians intercepted the truck of a local Albanian transporting sand and gravel to be used for the restoration of Serb houses in Bicha. The truck driver was told that he would be killed if he continued assisting Serb returnees. The search for the masked men is still ongoing.

Shocking Behaviour of UNMIK Police in Gracanica
August 7, 2002

The Abbess leads the novices
Abbess Efrosinija leads three novices before the Bishop

UNMIK POLICE HUMILIATED OLD GRACANICA ABBESS - MOTHER EFROSINIA
Abbess Of Gracanica Monastery Held For Questioning, Suspected Of Growing Cannabis - The next day Police confirmed that the cannabis plants were just weeds



Albanian demonstrations in South Mitrovica, photo Reuters

Why Is Mitrovica a Divided City Today
an editorial by Fr. Sava Janjic
in Serbian

Democracy Cannot Be Built on Ethnic Discrimination
and Rule of Violence - KOSOVO



Albanian extremism in Kosovo cannot be a solid basis for a democratic and multiethnic Kosovo, a photo from a rally of Albanian extremists, Pristina, summer 2002
Open Democracy Magazine


Stop terrorism in Kosovo



Patriarch Pavle at a memorial service to the victims of the
"Storm" Operation of the Croatian Army in which many innocent
Serbs were brutally killed, August 4 - St. Mark's church, Belgrade

GLAS JAVNOSTI, Belgrade
Saturday, August 03, 2002

Klokot attack shown - Albanian extremists still active

NEW PRESSURE ON SERBS

Part of the plan for new ethnic cleansing in Kosovsko Pomoravlje

BELGRADE – Attack on three Serbian houses in Klokot, near Kosovska Vitina, three days ago, accidentally or not, happened immediately after this very village had been marked by the American contingent of KFOR as a sample of safety, and thus with no need for further military protection.

Father Sava Janjic commenting the attack in Klokot said that “disbanding of checkpoints, visible protective military infrastructure around Serb enclaves - especially churches and monasteries - and reducing the number of convoy escorts for Serbian people proved to be wrong strategy which failed to improve security and safety of life and movement but actually encouraged the extremists to press harder against the unprotected civilians and churches”.

Klokot is Serbian village, in the midst of Urosevac-Gnjilane road. Vesko Piric, mayor of Vitina before KFOR’s arrival to the Province says that the village had to have strong protection especially because it is located near another two Serbian communities – Vrbovac and Grncar. Therefore every attack on Klokot brings the neighboring Serbs into danger.

“My fears are that this incident is part of a wider plan for expelling the rest of 1,000 Serbs and provoking the crises in the whole region, since Klokot is close to the border with Macedonia”, Mr, Piric expressed his anxiety and added that terrorists would utilise this area as a route to Skopska Crna Gora in Macedonia. How substantial his fears are shows the news from Macedonia about the new Albanian terrorist organisation.

Since deployment of KFOR in Kosovo Albanian terrorists have killed ten Serbs and kidnapped two of them in Klokot. Large number of houses have been burned but in spite of that Serbs have remained here relying on help of American soldiers, which themselves do not feel safe now, as it was proved three days ago, opposite to all previous beliefs.

Crime register

In the area of Vitina municipality since 1999 until now 17 previously Serbian villages have been ethnically cleansed, 59 Serbs have been killed, 5 kidnapped, more than 1,000 houses burned. Albanian terrorists demolished churches in Grmovo, Binac, Podgora and Zitinja, and even monastery St. Archangel Gabriel in Buzovik village (10-12th century) was not spared.

(Translation by D. Mitrovic)

STEINER AND COVIC IN THE SECURITY COUNCIL

Statement by Kosovo's SRSG Michael Steiner, NY, Security Council


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