HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN ORAHOVAC
Humanitarian Law Center
AND DISAPPEARANCES OF NON-ALBANIANS IN KOSOVO
Todic, Miroslav (M, 50), Serb, from Velika Hoca, Orahovac Municipality, employee of Orvin company in Orahovac - last seen on 23 March 1999 in his field between Velika Hoca and Brestovac (Brestoc) villages.
Mrs. Todic stated that her husband went to his company at 8 a.m. on 23 March and then to his vineyard where he worked until 2 p.m. He then took the tractor to work in a field he owned between Velika Hoca and the all-Albanian village of Brestovac. When he left home, he told his wife that a old Albanian friend, Ismet Beria (Ismet Berisha) from Brestovac, had invited him to drop by for coffee when he finished in the field. Beria's house is located about 500 meters from the field. Her husband did not return home.
After KFOR's deployment
in Kosovo, Mrs. Todic asked members of the German contingent stationed
in Velika Hoca to take her to Brestovac to speak with Beria. KFOR
members escorted her to a point midway between the two villages where
Beria was waiting by agreement. He told her that he and his family
were in Albania at the time of her husband's abduction, and promised
to make inquiries about Todic and let her know if he heard anything.
Their conversation was curtailed by the arrival of two KLA members in
black uniforms and carrying Heckler guns. They approached the KFOR soldiers
and talked with them in German. Beria was frightened and refused
to say anything more to Mrs. Todic. The KFOR soldiers then told to her
to get in the armored personnel carrier. The KLA men drove Beria
away in their car.
(Isaku Shkelzen) (M), Rom, from Orahovac - disappeared after 24 March
Begovic, Jovan (M, 75); Begovic, Nikola (M, 45); Begovic, Simo (M); Begovic, Blao (M), Croatian Serbs, refugees - disappeared on 16 June 1999 in Orahovac.
It is generally
believed in Orahovac that the bodies of these four refugees are among
the unidentified remains recovered by KFOR at Brnjaca (Bernjakë)
on 22 June. No relatives or close friends were able to come to Orahovac
to identify the remains.
Bulic, Budimir (M, 47), Montenegrin Montenegrin, from Berane, resided in Orahovac (2/4 Peke Tepavcevica St.), employee of Social Work Center - disappeared on the night of 18/19 June 1999.
Mrs. Bulic stated that she and her son moved to the Serb quarter in Orahovac on 18 June, intending to proceed with a group of people to Serbia the next day. Her son realized that he had forgotten to take some personal papers from their apartment and returned for them about 7 p.m. Somewhat later, she called from a friend's apartment to check if her son had arrived at their home and to tell him where she would be waiting for him. He answered the phone, told her he had retrieved the papers and was on his way back. He did not turn up.
The next day, Mrs. Bulic went to their apartment to look for her son. She saw their television set and other belongings in the lobby. The door of her apartment was open, belongings were strewn around and there was no one inside. She heard noises from the next-door apartment, which belonged to an Albanian who lived and worked in Switzerland and, believing he had returned, rang the doorbell. Four unknown Albanians, two of whom in KLA uniforms, opened the door and asked why she had come there without permission. When one moved toward her she said a KFOR escort was waiting for her outside and quickly left. Mrs. Bulic fled Orahovac to Montenegro.
Orahovac Serbs believe
that a body found on 22 June was that of Budimir Bulic. Since it had
been decapitated, neighbors did not allow Mrs. Bulic to view the remains
and no positive identification was made.
Simic, Arsa (M,
76), Serb, from Orahovac - last seen on 19 June 1999.
Halimi, Ali Tasim
(Hallimi, Alli Tasim) (M, 25), Rom, from Orahovac - last seen on 21
Hamza, Haljit keljzen
(Hamza, Halit Shkelzen) (M, 34), Rom, from Orahovac, employee of 18
Novembar plastics factory - last seen on 21 June 1999.
Kazic, Sinia (M, 35), Serb, from Orahovac, deaf-mute - disappeared on 30 June 1999.
said Sinia went to see his sister about 11 a.m. on 30 June, and
after that visited with a friend, Neboja Grkovic who lived in
the Serb quarter near the church. He left for home at about 2 p.m. but
never arrived. His family reported his disappearance to KFOR the same
Grkovic, Ljubia (M, 44), Serb, from Orahovac, porter at the 18 November plastics factory, mildly retarded - last seen about 4 p.m. on 4 July 1999 in a street in the Albanian quarter of Orahovac.
A relative who was
the last person to see Grkovic believes that he went to the Albanian
quarter to check up on the apartments of his brothers who had fled Kosovo
on 16 June.
(F, 30), Serb, from Orahovac, deaf-mute - last seen on 5 July 1999 in
Velickovic, Trifun (M, 74), Serb, from Orahovac - last seen on 28 July 1999.
recounted that his father took his goats to their vineyard at the reservoir
near the Muslim cemetery at 5.30 p.m. on 28 July. He usually stayed
until 7.30 p.m. and on the way home went to see three other Serbs who
also pastured their goats in the vineyards on the hills above Orahovac.
When he did not return at his usual time, the son reported his disappearance
and went to search for him with a KFOR patrol at 11.30 p.m. The next
day, Velickovic's brother, who had also been searching for him since
4 a.m., found his shoe near the house of Hasan Malabazi (Hasan Mallabazi).
When the son went to inquire with Milabazi about his father, the Albanian
began to cry and swore he knew nothing. A neighbor of Velickovic told
him he had seen the unattended goats at the reservoir about 6 p.m. that
(M); his wife Stojanovic, Brankica, Serbs, from Nakarada, Kosovo Polje
Municipality - disappeared on 16 August 1999 on the road to Orahovac
where they were to attend the funeral of a relative.
Mavric, Mladjan (M, 36), Serb, from Velika Hoca, Orahovac Municipality - disappeared on 12 October 1999 on the road to Velika Hoca.
stated that Mladjan left Velika Hoca for the Serb quarter of Orahovac
at 9.30 a.m. to buy some things he needed for his cafe. He finished
shopping at around noon and was last seen by a friend, Zoran, when he
set off for Velika Hoca in his car. The family reported his disappearance
to KFOR the same day.
(Murseli, Mazllum) (49), Rom, from Orahovac - disappeared on 16 October
1999 in the Orahovac area.
Lukic, Radivoje (30), Serb, from Orahovac, disappeared on 27 December 1999 in the Serb quarter in Orahovac.
recounted that Lukic went to see a friend at 7.30 p.m. on 27 December.
He left his friend's house at 9 p.m. and disappeared. His family immediately
reported his disappearance to KFOR.
Raic, Milorad (M), Serb, from Orahovac (Dragoljuba Jankovica St.), employee of Termovent company - disappeared on 25 February 2000.
said Rasic was visiting with a friend on 19 February. He left at 1 p.m.
and went to a billiard parlor located some 100 meters from the Albanian
quarter of the town. He was there for a very short time as he saw through
the window his old Albanian friend and colleague at Termovent, Bajram
Zlonoga, and went outside to greet him. Zlonoga invited him to his home
for coffee and they proceeded together to his house. Rasic was not seen
again. His family reported his disappearance to KFOR the next day.
(M. 66), employee of 18 Novembar plastics factory; Vitoevic, Marko
(61), Serbs, from Orahovac (Svetosavska St.) - abducted by the KLA on
16 June 1999.
Hamza, Jusuf (M, 35), Rom, from Orahovac (Slobodana Penezica St.), deaf-mute - abducted by the KLA from his home on 18 June 1999.
Hamza's son stated that two armed KLA members in camouflage uniforms and caps came into their yard at 7 a.m. on 18 June, while another remained at the gate. One of them, of larger build and with insignia of rank on his shoulder board, had a stammer. They asked if there were weapons in the house. Hamza searched for a medical certificate that he was deaf-mute but, before he was able to find it, the KLA men led him out of the yard and through the vineyards toward the town center. His son immediately reported the abduction to KFOR.
Three days later,
on 21 June, two members of the Egyptian ethnic community from Orahovac,
Beni and Dia, came to the Hamza home and told his son to go to the town
center to get his father. The son did not trust them and did not go.
Jelic, Marko (M, 31), Serb, from Orahovac, economist, employee of Termovent company in Orahovac - abducted from his home by the KLA on 20 June 1999.
Three armed men of about 30 years of age came to Jelic's apartment on 20 June. In the presence of his parents, wife and five children, they said in Albanian that they were members of the KLA and had come to take him to their headquarters for questioning. They said he would be brought home immediately afterwards. They led him away on foot. Jelic never returned.
His family stayed
in Orahovac to the end of August 1999 when they fled to Montenegro.
Majmarevic, Gradimir (M, 54), employee of municipal sanitation department in Orahovac; Vitoevic, Sinia (38), electrician, employee of power distribution company in Orahovac, Serbs - abducted in Krajite near Orahovac on 22 June 1999.
Mrs. Majmarevic recounted that her husband and Vitoevic went to Vitoevic's weekend cottage in Krajite about noon on 22 June in a red Renault 4 car to water the farm animals Vitoevic kept there. They said they would be back very soon. When they had not returned for some time, her son went to look for them. He found the cottage door broken down and no one inside. A neighbor told Mrs. Majmarevic he had seen with the aid of binoculars when two Albanians, one of whom he identified as Jupu Vebiju (Jupu Vehbiu), led her husband and Vitoevic out of the cottage and took them to the police station in Orahovac. The Majamarevic's car remained parked outside the police station that day but was moved to the firehouse on 23 June. The abduction was witnessed also by an Albanian neighbor, D.G., who was working in his vineyard near the cottage. He immediately informed a group of Serbs who were pasturing their animals in the vineyards. Mrs. Majmarevic reported the abduction to KFOR the next day.
Four days later,
I.C., an Albanian friend of the family, told Mrs. Majmarevic that the
names of her husband and Vitoevic were on a KLA list of war criminals
and that they would be tried. In the month following the abduction,
a man who spoke poor Serbian telephoned Mrs Majmarevic every evening
about 8 o'clock and asked for the names of Serbian police officers.
Two months after her husband's abduction, she received an anonymous
phone call from a man who threatened to kill her and her children.
Jeftic, Milica (F, 80), Serb, from Orahovac - last seen on 5 July 1999 when she left the Serb quarter to check up on her house near the Orvin Hotel in the town center.
Mrs Jeftic's friends
heard that she was stopped by KLA members who took her away.
(Last name unknown)
Skeljzen (Shkelzen) (M), Rom - abducted by the KLA before 5 July 1999.
Dedic, Boban (M, 37), Serb, from Orahovac, accountant, employee of itopromet agricultural combine in Orahovac - abducted about 1 p.m. on 17 July. His father, Predrag Dedic, was detained when he went to inquire about Dedic at the KLA headquarters, but was set free the same day by a KFOR member.
Mrs Dedic stated
that she and her son went to their apartment to pick up some belongings.
Their car broke down on the way. A KLA member approached and whispered
a warning to them to leave immediately. She and her son went into an
abandoned Serb house close by but were followed by a group of KLA men
who led out Dedic out of the house, pushed him into their car and drove
him away. They told Mrs Dedic that her son would be brought back in
Zenuni, Iljber (Zenuni, Ylber) (M, 23), Rom, from Novo Selo, Djakovica Municipality - disappeared on 18 July 1999.
Zenuni came to Orahovac
for his wife who was visiting her parents. The family subsequently learned
that he was stopped near the hotel by four Albanians who pushed him
into a car and drove him away.
Pelevic, Ratko (M.
64), Serb, from Orahovac - abducted from his home during the summer
(M), Serb, from Orahovac - abducted by unidentified Albanians before
30 October 1999 in Orahovac.
Pelevic, Peko (M,
64), Serb, from Orahovac (Svetosavska St.) - abducted by the KLA on
16 June 1999 and beaten to death.
Grkovic, Panta (M, 64), Serb, from Orahovac (34, Svetosavska St.), retired, abducted from his home by the KLA on 17 June 1999. His body was found on 22 June 1999 in the woods at Brnjaca near the Termovent plant, Potocane (Potoçan), Orahovac Municipality.
Mrs. Grkovic recounted that she and her husband went to the home of a neighbor, Miroslava Filipovic, to wait there for KFOR to escort them and two Serb women to the Serb quarter of the town. Six KLA members came to the Filipovic house at 9.30 p.m., some of whom lived in the same street: Faredin "Fadu" Hondozi (Faredin "Fadush" Hondozi) (18), Ramadan Bugari (24), the son of Seli Bugari (Sellie Bugari), and a Roman Catholic Albanian known by the nickname "Blacksmith." The other three KLA men were also young and spoke Serbian. They demanded weapons and money from those present. As Grkovic's sons by his first marriage were police officers, the KLA men believed that he had a large quantity of weapons. After searching the Filipovic house and yard, the KLA men led out Grkovic, pushed him into a Zastava car and drove away in the direction of the Jugopetrol gasoline station.
When the KFOR escort failed to appear, Mrs. Grkovic went home and found that it had been looted during the night. She reported her husband's abduction to KFOR the next morning. Over the next few days, KLA members came daily to her home, asking about weapons and the whereabouts of her stepsons.
On 22 June, local Albanians reported to KFOR that they had found four bodies in a woods at Brnjaca near the Termovent factory. KFOR asked Orahovac Mayor Andjelko Kolainac to view the remains and to summon family members for identification. Mrs Grkovic identified her husband's remains. She stated that all the bodies bore signs of violence; one was decapitated and could not be identified. The other two bodies were believed by locals to be Serb refugees from Croatia. No positive identification was made as their family members were not in Orahovac. The decapitated body was believed to be that of Budimir Bulic. To spare her the shock, neighbors did not allow his mother to view the remains so that no positive identification was made.
Mrs Grkovic left
Orahovac with UNHCR assistance on 8 September and fled to Serbia.
(M, 55), Croatian Serb, refugee - abducted on 18 June 1999.
2.2.1. Released by the KLA
C.M. (M, 70), Serb, from Orahovac, retired - abducted by the KLA from his home on 17 June 1999, questioned and released several hours later.
C.M. recounted that four armed and uniformed KLA members came to his apartment about 8 a.m. on 17 June. He recognized Verhan Cena, called "Blacksmith," who was the oldest. The other three were between 20 and 25 years of age. They searched the apartment, took the 2,000 dinars they found, and demanded that C.M. hand over his weapons. C.M. gave them his hunting rifle, two pistols and a pair of binoculars. He described what happened next:
"Blacksmith hit me twice with a club, on the head and body. I demanded to see their commander. They took me first to the firehouse where I was held under guard for about an hour. Then they took me to the former police station where I was questioned by Ismet Tara, commander of the 124th Brigade of the KLA. He behaved correctly during the two hours he questioned me. Another three KLA members were present, one in uniform and two in civilian clothes. Then somebody called on the phone to say that Tara was wanted urgently in Prizren and he left. I continued making my statement to the other KLA commander. As I was doing this, they brought Cvetko oric, an Orahovac man, into the office. I realized then that all those held at the firehouse were either taken to the police station to be questioned by the KLA and then released, or to the camp on the Brestovacke slopes. I left the police station together with Cvetko oric and commander Tara, the one who had questioned me, gave me a permit to move around Orahovac freely."
A few days after
the incident, C.M. and his wife left Orahovac and fled to Serbia.
Isaku, Adrian (M, 19), Rom, from Orahovac - abducted by the KLA on 27 June 1999.
Isaku's friend stated
that he was abducted on the road between Djakovica and Orahovac. He
was reportedly released in September 1999, after which he and his parents
fled to Serbia. No independent confirmation of the report was available.
T.L. (M, 22), Rom, from Prizren, abducted by the KLA in Velika Krua, Orahovac Municipality, and held for several hours.
In his statement
to the European Roma Rights Center, T.L. said a red tractor on which
two men and a woman were riding stopped outside his father's house in
Velika Krua (Krushe e Madhe) at 4.30 p.m. on 5 July. Saying they
were KLA members, they demanded that T.L. go with them their headquarters
to make a statement on how many Roma were killed during the war. He
refused and one of the men drew a knife and forced him to climb on the
tractor. Then T.L.'s relatives and friends gathered around. The KLA
members said they had no intention of beating up T.L. and that his relatives
could come with them to make sure. T.L.'s father and a female relative
joined them on the tractor.
(Rustemi, Fadil) (M) Rom, from Orahovac - abducted by the KLA on several
occasions during the summer of 1999, questioned and beaten and then
P.S. (M, 73), Serb, from Mala Krua (Krushe e Vogël), Orahovac Municipality - abducted by the KLA on 13 June 1999; S.P. (M, 77), Serb, from Orahovac, retired - abducted by the KLA on 15 June 1999; K.N. (M, 60), Serb, from Orahovac (13/5 Milorada Popovica St.), post office employee - abducted by the KLA on 16 June 1999; all three escaped on 22 June 1999.
of P.S. recounted that her grandfather was just about to take his cows
to pasture when a large group of armed and uniformed KLA members came
into their yard, broke down the front door of the house and dragged
P.S. inside. They asked in Albanian where the other Mala Krua
Serbs were and where they had concealed their weapons. When P.S. replied
that he did not know, one KLA man knocked him unconscious with a blow
to the head with a thick wooden pole. P.S. was put on a tractor and
taken to Celina (Celinë) village, Orahovac Municipality. He spent
two days locked in a shed of a private house which had been taken over
by the KLA. He was questioned, beaten and denied food and water. On
15 June, an Albanian journalist from Prizren came, grabbed P.S. by the
throat and started choking him, saying repeatedly," Do you Serbs
know what you did to us?" and then told the KLA guards to kill
In the morning of 17 June, P.S. was taken to the KLA prison in the former police station in Orahovac. KLA men led him into a cell, ordered him to strip naked, and started beating him. At one point, two Serbs, S.P. and K.N., were brought into the cell. P.S. told his granddaughter that he was flogged with thick ropes every day. When he lost consciousness, the KLA men revived him by throwing water over him, and then resumed beating him. There was only one wooden bench in the cell on which P.S. slept; S.P. and K.N. slept on the bare concrete floor.
The son of S.P. told the HLC that about 10 KLA members in camouflage uniforms and carrying automatic rifles came to their house on 15 June. They demanded that S.P. hand over to them his weapons - a hunting rifle, pistol and M48 rifle. Among the KLA men, the witness recognized Ziber Miftari (Zymber Myftari), a farmer from Orahovac, who was in a KLA police uniform - black shirt and black cap with a KLA badge. Though a search of the house produced no weapons, S.P. was taken to the former police station in Orahovac. The next day, his son handed over the weapons to the KLA men who had taken his father. The receipt he was given was signed by Hajlili Cardakuj (Halili Çarabakuja).
K.N.'s daughter stated that a large group of armed and uniformed men came to the family's home on 16 June. They beat K.N. with their rifle butts on the head, back and legs and, after searching the apartment, led him away in his pyjamas.
At 9 p.m. on 22 June, P.S., S.P. and K.N. saw a KFOR soldier in the corridor of the police station. Somewhat later, an acquaintance of S.P. and a member of the KLA came into their cell and told them they could escape. He unlocked the door and told them which streets to take to avoid KLA patrols. The three Serbs left the building without encountering any KLA members and fled. P.S. was unable to walk and was carried by K.N. and S.P. through the streets of the town to an abandoned cottage in the hills on its outskirts. They spent the night in the cottage and brought P.S., who was very ill and lost consciousness several times, to the apartment of his daughter at 5 a.m. the next morning.
P.S. and his granddaughter
fled Orahovac to Serbia on 10 September 1999. K.N. and S.P. fled to
Serbia immediately after their escape.
M.T. (M, 70), Serb, from Orahovac - abducted by the KLA on 16 June 1999 at the same time as Vitoevic, Marko (M, 61); and Pelevic, Peko (M, 64), also Serbs from Orahovac. All were taken to the KLA headquarters in the Orahovac firehouse where Pelevic was beaten to death. After being questioned, M.T., Vitoevic and Grkovic were taken in a van toward Brestovac where Pelevic's body was disposed of. M.T. seized an opportunity to escape. The whereabouts of Vitoevic and Grkovic remain unknown.
M.T. related that five men between 20 and 25 years of age, in civilian clothes and wearing caps with KLA badges, came to his home at 12.30 p.m. on 16 June. He could not recall their names but knew they were from Orahovac and kept pigeons. The KLA men ordered M.T. to hand over his weapons. He gave them his rifle and they searched the house to check whether there were any more firearms. The KLA men then led M.T. to the homes of his neighbors, Svetislav Grkovic and Marko Vitoevic, who also turned in their weapons, and told all three men to come with them to the KLA headquarters for receipts for the guns. They were driven to the KLA headquarters in the firehouse by one Balja (Bala), a Roma photographer, in his white Zastava 125 car, which had been parked outside the Grkovic house. At the firehouse, the three were taken up to the third floor - Grkovic to the office of the KLA commander Ismet Tara, and Vitoevic and
M.T. to the toilet.
M.T. described what happened next:
"Later on, a young man in civilian clothes and a red beret with the KLA badge came in. He pointed his automatic rifle at me and said he would kill me if I didn't give him money. I gave him my wallet and he took 1,500 dinars. He ordered me to pick up Marko, who was slowly coming to. I sat him up beside me. The KLA man asked Marko where his son, Beli, who used to work as a mailman, was. Marko didn't hear him and I explained to the KLA man that he was hard of hearing. He cursed my Serb mother and threatened to kill me. When he repeated the question, Marko said his son had been in Australia since 1998. The man demanded money from Marko too, but he didn't have any on him. Then he left.
"Some time later, R. from Orahovac, an acquaintance of mine, came in. He was surprised to see me. I said I had done nothing wrong and had been brought there for no reason. R. told me to bang on the floor with my feet and scream as if I was being beaten. Five minutes later, another man in civilian clothes came in and R. said there was no need for him to stay, that he could manage beating me on his own. He told me two of his brothers had been killed recently and that he was looking for their killers. He said he couldn't let me go because there were a lot of soldiers at the headquarters and it would be worth his life if he tried. Then he left.
"I went to Peko to see how he was but there was no sign of life in him any more. At about 11 p.m., two KLA men came and wrapped Peko's body in a blanket. They led me and Marko out of the toilet and Sveto out of the office of Ismet Tara, and took all three of us to a van parked outside the building. They put Peko's body inside with us. In the van, Sveta told us Siljka had beaten him too, and that Ismet Tara had told him Marko would be shot because his son supposedly killed some Albanians, and that he would spare Sveta and me.
"F.H., a KLA man I knew, got in the van with us and started to tie our hands. I asked me not to tie mine because of my broken wrist and offered him 200 deutsche marks. He took the money and told me to keep my hands behind my back and pretend they were bound. The van drove off toward Brestovac village, by way of the road to Velika Krua. Inside, besides F.H., there were Hisen Cena (Hysen Cena) and three young men with automatic rifles. When we turned off the main road to Brestovac, Hisen Cena asked if we wanted to be killed at the place where the Yugoslav Army and police had killed Albanians or somewhere else. I said we didn't deserve to be killed, that we condemned what had happened, to which Cena replied by cursing our Serb mothers. The van stopped by the vineyards below the Brestovac Slopes. It was dark and raining. As F.H. and Cena were pulling Peko's body from the van, I took advantage of a moment when no one was watching me, jumped out and ran. They started firing after me and I dropped to the ground and crawled on. I hid in the woods and 15 minutes later heard four individual shots, which weren't fired in my direction. After that I heard Cena calling to me to give myself up. Soon afterwards I heard the van drive away. I stayed in the woods for another hour, afraid that they would come looking for me. Then I started out through the woods in the direction of Prizren, to Mala Hoca."
Mrs. Grkovic stated that five KLA members came to their home at 12.30 p.m. on 16 June. She recognized two of them as Orahovac Albanians - Ukini (Ukshin) and Afrim, the son of a local photographer. They demanded that her husband Svetislav hand over his weapons. He did and asked for a receipt he could present to other KLA members if they came looking for guns. Ukini replied that he had to come with them for a receipt. The KLA men left with her husband. Mrs. Grkovic saw their neighbors from Svetosavska St. - M.T., Peko Pelevic and Marko Vitoevic - being taken away at the same time as her husband. The next day, Ukini came again and told Mrs. Grkovic that her husband had said she was to give him his pistol and car keys. On 31 August, Mrs. Grkovic filed a complaint with the Prizren Public Prosecutor's Office against Mahmut Ukini, Afrim Balja and three unidentified KLA members, charging them with unlawful detention and saying there was reason to believe that they had also committed murder.
Marko Vitoevic's son and wife moved to the Serb quarter of Orahovac on 15 June while he remained in their apartment. The son last spoke with his father about noon on 16 June. Later that day, KFOR escorted two Serb women who lived in the Vitoevic's street to the Serb quarter. The women told him that four Albanians, among whom Mahmut Ukini, started searching Serb apartments in the street at noon that day.
After his escape,
M.T. first found refuge in a Serbian Orthodox seminary and fled Kosovo
to Serbia on 29 October 1999. Mrs. Grkovic left Orahovac in early November
and came to Serbia. The body of Peko Pelevic was not found, and the
whereabouts of Svetislav Grkovic and Marko Vitoevic remain unknown.
2.2.3. Set free
trbac, Marica (F, 70), Croatian Serb, refugee - imprisoned on 15 June 1999 at the refugee camp in Orahovac after it was occupied by the KLA. Two women and a man, all Serb refugees from Croatia, were also imprisoned there until set free by KFOR on 20 June 1999.
was staying at the refugee camp near the Orvin plant with her husband,
a friend stated. A few days before the camp was taken by the KLA on
15 June, her husband moved to the Serb quarter of the town. Mrs. trbac
refused to accompany him. When the KLA came, they held her, another
two women and a man imprisoned in the camp. They were set free by KFOR
five days later and taken to the Serb quarter. With Red Cross assistance,
Mrs. trbac and her husband fled Kosovo to Serbia.
Dedic, Predrag (M),
Serb, from Orahovac - detained at the KLA headquarters when he went
to inquire about his son who had been abducted. He was set free later
that day by a member of KFOR.
Thaci and Tara, the local UCK leader of Orahovac. Could he not know
what was the KLA behavior in Orahovac against Serbs and minorities
Hashim Thaci in his visit to Orahovac, July 1999