Nine War Crimes Suspects Arrested in Kosovo

The European Union police and justice mission (EULEX) has said it had arrested nine people on suspicion of committing war crimes during the 1998-99 war in Kosovo.

“The arrests were ordered by an EULEX pre-trial judge of the district court of Pristina based on … suspicion of killings, torture and other offences against Kosovo Albanian and Serb civilians and prisoners of war in a detention centre in Kosovo in 1999,” the mission said in a statement.

The mission, which has some executive powers in cases such as war crimes, corruption and organised crime, said one person had been arrested in a foreign country.

Local media said all nine were ethnic Albanians and members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) which fought Serb forces during the war.

One is a local police commander from the region of Prizren, media said.

Kosovo’s former prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, is on trial for war crimes at the U.N. tribunal in The Hague. His trial is expected to resume this year.

More than 10,000 civilians, overwhelmingly ethnic Albanians, were killed in the 1998-99 war.

Another 800,000 Albanians were forced to leave their homes in Serbia’s former province during the conflict, which prompted NATO bombing of Serbia and ended with the United Nations taking control of Kosovo in 1999.

The mission has also started investigating a Council of Europe report that accused members of the KLA of carrying out abductions, gun- and drug-running and trafficking in body parts from ethnic Serbs in the late 1990s

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3 Responses to Nine War Crimes Suspects Arrested in Kosovo

  1. Kafir Harby says:

    Around 1500 people were killed, and most of them were… Serbs.

    Get your information right, and stop the everlasting propaganda lies.

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  3. iwcr says:

    Thanks for your comment Kafir Harby
    According to the Red Cross in a report they compiled in 2000, 3,368 civilians were recorded as missing from the 1998-99 war. This included approximately 2,500 Albanians, 400 Serbs, 100 Roma and 200 members of other ethnic groups.
    This report however only recorded reported cases of missing persons.
    Unreported estimates were not included in the report.
    In a 2008 joint study by the Humanitarian Law Center (an NGO from Serbia and Kosovo), The International Commission on Missing Person, and the Missing Person Commission of Serbia made a name-by-name list of 13,472 war and post-war victims in Kosovo killed in the period from January 1998 to December 2000. The list contained the name, date of birth, military or civilian status of victim, type of injury/missing, time and place of death.
    There are 9,260 Albanians and 2,488 Serbs, as well as 1,254 victims that can not be identified by ethnic origin

    It is certainly safe to say from these figures that;
    1) More than 10,000 people died in the war.
    2) Most of them were ethnic Albanians.

    This is not to say that Serb casualties are any less important than any other.
    One casualty of any nationality is one too many.
    If you dispute these figures, then we would be grateful if you could point us to your sources.
    If you are simply making a partisan point without facts or figures to back up your claims, we politely remind you that IWCR is not the place to argue partisan points.

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