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The slow and systematic ethnic cleansing of Serbs and other minorities takes place in Kosovo EVERY DAY


September 23rd 2012 04:09:55 PM

“The slow and systematic ethnic cleansing of Serbs and other minorities takes place in Kosovo every day.”– Kristian Kahrs, former NATO press officer in Kosovo“[From] what I was taught in school in Communist Albania, Serbs have a genetic tendency to be submissive….They are natural slaves.”– dissident Albanian-American professor Ilia Toli
“Those few reporters who dare to risk their lives in Kosovo have had a hard time being heard by a bored public…Now, faced with the horrors of the New Kosovo, we excuse ourselves from the consequences of our actions, pleading that ‘we didn’t know.’ And where have we heard that before?”– Ronald Kim, UPenn Ph.D. candidate, The Daily Pennsylvanian, May 4, 2000
I recently heard from Kristian Kahrs, who in 2001 was a press officer for KFOR, NATO’s Kosovo force — and in 2011 publicly apologized to Serbia. He is closing his site http://serbtrade.no, and is now using Sorry Serbia. So I went to “Sorry Serbia,” and learned that it was the 1999 gang bang of Serbia that saw Norway GOING TO WAR FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1788, and also saw the following stunning developments in the life of Kahrs, who is fast turning heroic in my eyes. He describes his ordeal as he accompanied a few thousand Serbs to Kosovo on June 28th to attend the annual St. Vitus Day (or Vidovdan) ceremonies commemorating the battle the Serbs lost bloodily to the Ottomans in 1389.
His abridged blog posts follow later, but first is a breathtaking interview with Kahrs and Canadian journalist John Bosnitch, who is riveting. They were taken by International Antiserbism Monitoring (I-AM), a newly formed, first-ever body to counter the 20-year, worldwide, government and media free-for-all on the Serbs. Kahrs talks about his eureka moment on the Kosovo war, and there are outtakes from the scene of Albanian Muslims providing “security” at a Christian Serb commemoration. Note the way international monitors look on without interference or objection to the brutish discrimination by Kosovo police.
Indeed, Kosovo’s supervision by the International Steering Group was removed this month, its “authorities” deemed worthy to be fully in charge of their own (still not recognized) state.For those who haven’t been following the developments in Kosovo since our intervention there, what is said in the video may sound unbelievable, and at least two sentences by Mr. Bosnitch may come across superficially as “anti-U.S.” But his assessment is deadly accurate. What appears below describes perfectly everything I myself observed and concluded from articles, commentaries, sound bites, and conversations I either had or overheard — all filled with the most wounding attitudes toward a nation, about whom none of the usual rules applied. It fascinated me. In a region I had no knowledge, interest, or ties to, I’d stumbled onto a people without worth. I had found a true Lower People ( “untermenschen” ).
Their suffering was dismissed or scoffed at, and the more violence visited upon them, the more they deserved it. For those who prefer reading to viewing, I’ve transcribed the interviews, which flash between Kahrs and Bosnitch. Any links in the text have been added by me, and rather than italicize emphasized words, I’ve bolded them.
St. Vitus Day 2012: Police brutality and violations of human rights of Serbs in Kosovo…Banners and flags were confiscated and shirts were stripped away, thus the pilgrims were forced to attend the religious ceremonies half-naked. Women were not spared either: a young woman had her shirt stripped away because it depicted the White Angel. The police fired live ammunition at unarmed demonstrators, severely wounding three people. Buses that had passed the police checkpoints, including one with children, were met with stones and Molotov cocktails by the crowd, leaving 16 children injured.
IAM: Kosovo is attempting to present itself as a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society. However the attack[s] on Serbs have lately been particularly intensified [in frequency]. WehadattacksonSerbcivilians, and we had the brutal murder of the Jeftic family after St. Vitus Day, which severely violates the concept, the idea of coexistence of Albanians and non-Albanians. What exactly happened at Gazimestan? How did it come to the incidents?
BOSNITCH: Anybody who believes the fairy tale that Kosovo is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society certainly has never been there or they’ve gone there on the pay of somebody who’s told them to go there to lie. It’s as simple as that.[Seeanynumber of guided tours thatU.S. congressmenhavegone on thereand come backwithglowingreports.]The minute you enter Kosovo, you know that you are either one of the those who is in charge — that means an Albanian or their international supporters, or you’reone of thehunted, literallyhunted, minority ethnic groups. That seems to be the primary objective of the Albanian authorities there — to determine who’s who, to make life as hard as possible for those who aren’t among the Albanian ruling group.This year at Gazimestan there was a real effort on the part of the people who visited to do nothing of any kind that could be assumed to be a provocation. Nothing at all. I was traveling on one bus of a group of four or five buses where repeatedly each and every person was told, “Let’s be as peaceful and as non-confrontational as we can be to make our presence known without provoking any activity.” Little did we know or expect that the provocation was already planned well in advance from the other side.
When we arrived there, there was a long tunnel, you could call it, of police in black special forces uniforms. With guns drawn, with machine guns lining the route as we got out of our buses, I saw this group of literally crack special forces — I’m a war reporter — the type of people you see on the very front lines who are going to infiltrate the other side and kill whoever they [need] to. Those are the fellas who were lining the road there. There were a couple of regular police wearing blue style uniforms and the rest were special forces in black.And they created a narrow pathway which people had to, single-file, go through this gauntlet of rough and rude and terrifying police who without any warning and without any prior notice, grabbed their T-shirts, grabbed their flags, grabbed their hats, grabbed anything that represented Serbia and either inspect it roughly and if they found that it was something semi-neutral or not objectionable to them personally, maybe let it go through — but very, very few. And all the rest had their clothes stripped off their backs and thrown into the ditch.
Basically, anybody who wore something that was red, blue and white or anybody who wore something that was like a traditional ethnic dress or costume…or that could be associated with Serbia, was stripped. They weren’t offered the chance to go back to their bus and leave their shirt there…People who asked to get their objects back were roughly man-handled. Some of them were arrested, some of them were beaten, women were beaten, men were beaten. People were dragged off to the jail to be charged.There was no degree of responsibility, no degree of interaction. We as journalists couldn’t ask any questions. Of course the port parole, or the spokesman, was down in Pristina, far away in their capital. There was no attempt whatsoever to make a peaceful resolution or compromise.

KAHRS: I was working as a press officer in KFOR. Norway had sent me to be a spokesman for…not only Norwegian KFOR but the entire KFOR. February 16, 2001 — that was a very, very important date for me. Because at that time I was in Pristina but then I heard people saying come on there is a big bomb in Podujevo. If you remember, this was the Nis Express. Albanian terrorists had placed an I.E.D. remotely controlled that blew up this bus. Twelve people died including two-year-old Danilo and both his parents. I was there an hour and a half after the explosion. To this date I still remember that smell, of the body parts and the bloodonthat bus.So February 16, 2001 was when I really started to think, “Are we really doing the right thing? Why did we go to war?” So it started to work on my collective conscience. But I didn’t feel any individual responsibility. That came in February 2011 when I was planning to do a normal job as a journalist speaking to Kosovo-Serbian asylum seekers that my country Norway had returned to Belgrade. I came there to the Resnik refugee camp outside Racovica and I was doing my job, but when I came back to [my apartment], I got a very, very strong reaction. Maybe a post-traumatic reaction or maybe it was god who told me it’s time for you to say Sorry. Of course, I couldn’t have changed the situation for the Maslovaric family who were refugees in Norway, but the fact that my government, Norway, was responsible for sending them back, that was why I got my reaction. I cried in my flat and it started a process.

And on March 24 last year [the 12th anniversary of the military assault on Serbia] I went public on RTS, the national broadcaster in Serbia, and gave my public apology to the Serbian people as a former NATO officer because we were not able to protect Serbs and non-Albanians in a proper manner in ‘99 and 2000. It was a starting thing — I mean, OK I cried for a couple of days, but if I can be used as a tool to warn Western politicians to not go easily to war, and to create a better understanding in Western countries what we did when we went to war, I’m very happy.My person is not important at all, because I can always go back to Belgrade and my nice flat. I can go back to Norway. This story is not about me, but the lack of freedom of expression and freedom of speech for the Kosovo Serbs and other minorities in Kosovo. Of course, the new Kosovo state has a big problem in creating their identity, so they’re very sensitive in this regard. Internationals, however, helped them write their constitution and according to this constitution, Serbian flags and Cyrillic letters are allowed.

[NOTE: The “problem creating their identity” — and therefore Albanian “sensitivity” (by which is usually meant violence) — is the problem of keeping up the charade for as long as the West says is necessary, of Kosovo as an independent country of “Kosovars” — despite the understanding since at least the 70s that this ‘country’ of Albanians will eventually unite with Albania. Whose motto has always been “Albania for Albanians!”]

So we came to Gracanica with some Serbians, to hear Patriarch Irinej and everyone speaking, and we went to Gazemestan. And those responsible for the security outside Gazimestan was the Kosovo Police. I mean, this [Kosovo Police Service] was something we created in the year 2000. A lot of former fighters of the KLA and others came to be police officers, and you also have some members of the minority who are serving as police officers in KP. And of course the police is responsible for creating a safe environment and of course they have the right to search bags [to see] if I brought some Molotov cocktails or bottles to throw at the police to create a disturbance. But I guess most viewers have seen now what kind of provocation the Kosovo Police were guilty of.Because I knew that they would see the Serbian flag on my T-shirt or a Serbian flag on my hat…as a provocation, that is why I put my T-shirt with the Serbian flag in my suitcase and my hat with a Serbian flag in my pocket. These were souvenirs. I’m not saying that I’m a part of any political organization in Kosovo, but I’m concerned about the freedom of speech and expression for Kosovo’s minorities. So these police officers opened my bag, they found my T-shirt and they threw it aggressively, like this.

BOSNITCH: There was an attempt to provoke the Serbs. Now, as they knew in advance that most of the Serbs would be young males, because women and children are afraid to go to their national heritage site and old people are afraid to go to their national heritage site for fear of being beaten up, they knew that they had a disproportionately high number of young men and it’s not that hard to provoke young men. But actually the men didn’t fight and they didn’t object to their beatings, and mostly they managed to avoid a confrontation. But there was no doubt that this was a pre-planned event….Because the men who came there in full battlefield dress and machine gun didn’t just happen to have those in their police cars. So the event was planned in the Kosovo capital by people who wanted to provoke an incident, who wanted to provoke violence. [This is the Kosovo M.O.] I am more than certain [of] that, in the same way the crowds who stoned some of the buses and broke the windows to the buses were organized to be there, not just by the government but by some of these so-called independence movements, which is just another branch of the government pretendingtobe a political movement. And I use the word ‘government’ in quotes there because that’s not a government, that’s a mafia group which is in charge through the power of the gun.

IAM: Is it really possible that those people who are unarmed, who are ordinary civilians, can represent a threat when it comes to celebrating a legitimate national holiday?

BOSNITCH: Look, the right of assembly, the right of freedom of speech, the right of freedom of religion, the so-called rights guaranteed by [UN envoy] Ahtisaari, the protection of so-called EULEX monitors, the protection of civilians by KFOR — none of these concepts or physical force elements had any effect. None. Zero. Women were forced to disrobe in public. Personal possessions were stolen and destroyed, complaints were not registered.

KAHRS: Together with John Bosnitch we were trying to get answers from the authorities, but they refused to give any information. But we have a lot of video recordings, for instance, a woman [who wasn’t wearing any Serbian markings] who was man-handled by five strong Albanian police officers. [Another woman was hit, we find out from a subsequent Bosnitch segment, and others were pushed or dragged.]…

BOSNITCH: We were forced to attend a high-level religious ceremony in front of the Patriarch, which is like the pope of the Catholic Church, bare-backed, which is forbidden under the religion. We were beaten in full view of KFOR and EULEX personnel, with no intervention and no objections.

KAHRS: What was disturbing was the words of one of the police officers who were present at the highway outside Gazimestan. Because of course the Kosovo police is supposed to be a multi-ethnic police force protecting human rights, being neutral and everything. But this police officer [as he confiscated Kahrs’ possessions] said actually, “This is Albania. This is not Serbia.” Of course he was speaking in Serbian, but if he had been this neutral police, he would have said, “This is Kosovo. This is not Serbia.” But he said, “This is Albania…” This tells me something about the attitude of the police, in [which] they’re expressing the wish for a mono-cultural state in Kosovo, where Albanian language and culture is dominating completely.

IAM: So this is actually a case of severe violation of human rights, the freedom of speech, all that in fact represents the essence of European influence when it comes to the creation of Kosovo, the Kosovo state and Kosovo’s institutions. On the other hand, it is obvious that it is a matter of the existence of double standards. Can we call those standards anti-Serb standards? Because if one rule applies to everyone else, why does it not apply to us?

BOSNITCH: I respect your desire to be fair and to slowly find your way to the conclusion of whether or not this is a case of anti-Serbism. Obviously. Obviously this entire picture of KFOR, and EULEX, is nothing but a camouflage to cover up the genocidal pogrom against every person and every thing Serbian in Kosovo. Not only are the people hunted down and killed like animals whenever that’s possible. If that’s not possible, they’re assaulted in broad daylight in front of thousands of witnesses to terrorize them. And if that’s not possible, then there’s an anonymous attack on buses and means of transport. And if that’s not possible, then the buildings which they used to inhabit are destroyed. And if that’s not possible, then they’re satisfied destroying their churches and signs of their religion.It is not that the freedom-of-speech question and freedom-of-religion question and the freedom-of-assembly question combine to give us an example of anti-Serbism. It’s that the objective is anti-Serbism — to exterminate Serbs, and if you exterminate a certain percentage, the rest will run away. So each of these other things [is] just a means to achieve the end. The end is to exterminate the Serbs and on that day when we were being stripped to the waist without shirts, the only thought that came to mind is the way black slaves in North America were treated. Their shirts were ripped off and they were whipped or beaten. So basically in this case I would equate us to be the white niggers of Europe.

Definition:- a member of any socially, economically, or politically deprived group of peoplea person of any race or origin regarded as contemptible, inferior, ignorant, etc; a victim of prejudice similar to that suffered by blacks; a person who is economically, politically, or socially disenfranchised.

BOSNITCH: That’s what we are. That’s the way we were treated in the media for the past 20 years. We’ve been assaulted in every possible way and it is not surprising that a very high percentage of the blacks who served in the American forces in this region have spoken to journalists like me and said, “We understand what you’re going through. Because that’s what we went through in white America.” We may not have black skin, but we are being treated like white niggers of Europe. Every day. In the media. On the streets in Kosovo. In front of our religious ceremonies. If we go to international conferences. If we raise our objections. If a Serb is killed in cold blood in 2012 in his home or in her home in Kosovo, what’s that called? Is that called a race- or ethnically-motivated killing? No. It’s called a revenge killing. So if you kill somebody in a revenge killing, obviously they must have been guilty of something and ‘although we don’t in principle agree with revenge, well, you know, it happens.’ And so the value of a Serbian life is nothing. Zero.

KAHRS: Of course there are double standards. We went to war against Yugoslavia and without my country, without the United States, without all those countries to recognize Kosovo, there would be no Kosovo. When they [Albanians] are banning Metohija [the other half of Kosovo’s full name – “Land of the Churches”], that shows that the recognition of Kosovo as an independent state was very much premature. [Before the 2004 riots] UNMIK had the slogan “Standards before Status.” But then we — the international community — rewarded this ethnic cleansing [of] March 17 and 18, 2004, where they’re giving them the status of an independent county. Of course it’s double standard. But I hope next year on June 28 that thousands and thousands of Serbs, maybe 10 times as many Serbs as were there this year, come…and maybe KFOR should be responsible for security next year, because the Kosovo police showed us that [they’re] not up for the task.

IAM: On one side we have armed NATO soldiers whoshotatSerbcivilians on June 1st, 2012. After a couple of weeks we had the celebration of the Serbian national holiday, where we also had the presence of unarmed Serbian pilgrims — civilians — and heavily armed members of the Kosovo police who, also like the NATO soldiers, openedfire. Is that imaginable anywhere in Europe today in the 21st century?


Germany’s KFOR soldiers aim their weapons towards Kosovo Serbs during clashes in the town of Zvecan June 1, 2012.

REUTERS/Bojan Slavkovic
Hungary’s KFOR soldiers block the road near the town of Mitrovica during clashes in the town of Zvecan

BOSNITCH: What is being done to the Serbs in Kosovo is without precedent since the time of Adolf Hitler in Europe. Serbs are not allowed to exercise the freedom of speech, they have no access to the media, they are disarmed, their government at least until recently and maybe still is basically under the control of the American occupiers. So all they have left is Gandhi-like tactics of sitting down on the ground either blocking the roads or blocking the squares.And in response to that they’re met with bullets from the Albanians. So the cavalry then comes to the ‘rescue.’ That’s of course NATO and the UN peacekeeping force. What do they do? They push the Albanians out of the way and THEY shoot at the Serbs. The Americans are teaching us something. The Americans are teaching the Serbs that peace doesn’t pay. That’s a sad lesson and it’s a very sad lesson to teach from the pulpit, or counter, of the peacekeeping mission — to teach people that peace doesn’t pay and only murder pays. So the Americans have turned on the clock, and I would say it’s only a matter of time before the Serbs finally say, “Either we are all going to be dead, or we have to kill some of them.” And what a pity. Because there’s nobody I know in the whole of Serbia who at the beginning of all of this conflict ever had anything against America.

KAHRS: And we saw that the Kosovo Police is not respecting their own constitution. That is really worrying for the future of Kosovo. Fortunately, I am now in contact with some very good people. Many of your viewers would know the political analyst Obrad Kesić and…we are going to take on the Kosovo Police in a class action lawsuit…because they did not respect their own constitution of being allowed to have Serbian flags and Cyrillic letters. So I know of many international members of EULEX, UNMIK, OSCE…who are not at all happy with the behavior of the Kosovo Police.Sometimes I see Serbians losing hope: “We cannot do anything. We lost Kosovo.” But about me and Obrad Kesic, we are optimists. If we do not win in Kosvoo, we can take it to international courts. Because freedom of expression, freedom of speech, is an absolute requirement for a democracy and in Kosovo now in Kosovo on June 28 the Kosovo Police expressed that they are not interested in democracy. But we will take them on, we will challenge them. Using the rule of law and the freedom of speech.

IAM: To conclude with, I would like to ask you, considering your years of presence in Serbia, what is your understanding of St. Vitus Day as a holiday, and what does the trip to Gazimestan mean to you?

KAHRS: I am speaking to a lot of Albanians and they’re mocking this celebration. “Oh you’re celebrating the defeat. Why do you do that?” But I’m having increasing respect for Serbian culture as I’m living here. I’m a Protestant believer myself. But there are so many rich liturgies in the Serbian Orthodox Church, so I think Protestant believers and the Serbian Orthodox believers — Orthodox believers in general — we have a lot to benefit from learning from each other — to learn why we celebrate Vidovdan, and why this is an important religious celebration and why this is important for your identity. And I think the only way we can go forward is to have a mutual respect, Protestants for Orthodox traditions, and Orthodox to have a greater respect for the Protestant faith.

BOSNITCH: Look, the pogrom and genocide against the Serbs in Kosovo has taken many, many forms. The theft of their land, the destruction of any means of economic survival, the ghettoization of the population inside barbed-wire fences, the destruction of their places of worship, the singling out and murdering of leaders of the community, the pressuring of the government of the other country, Serbia, to sell out its own people and to evacuate them from the new ethnically cleansed zone. And I see all of that and I say to myself, well as an ethnic Serb, what can I do about this? And I am of a peaceful persuasion. And I believe the best I can do is to get organized with other people and peacefully go to Kosovo as often as I can. To attend historical events, to visit churches. To with my own body raise the flag of the ethnic Serbian residents of Kosovo who were there long before the EU arrived, who were there long before the majority of the Albanians had ever come over the mountains into Kosovo and who will stay there provided they have some kind of a show of solidarity from their fellow Serbs. Even if it’s a Serb who was born and brought up in Canada.

KAHRS [about his book project]: The motive of my book is to give a warning to Western politicians to not so easily go to war. Because we had the wrong reasons to go to war against Yugoslavia in 1999.Below are the blogs by Kahrs chronicling his ongoing Kosovo legal odyssey.Arrested, charged and convicted (June 29)According to the Republic of Kosovo, I am now a convicted criminal after I tried to get answers from the Kosovo Police after their discrimination and harassment. They decided that I had my microphone too close to them and accus[ed] them of not doing their job.The Municipal Court of Minor Offenses in Priština sentenced me today to pay a fine of €500 for violating the Law of Peace and Order…[A Serbian flag was] my way of showing respect for Vidovdan, but apparently, this was a provocation in the eyes of the Kosovo Police. At Gazimestan I tried to get hold of a commander or a spokesman to defend the actions of the Kosovo Police, but the result was that I was arrested.[As we know, a Serbian flag is necessarily “a political statement” — because Serbs are so hated. And anything Serbian in Kosovo is a “provocation,” because the whole point is to eliminate any evidence that the place was ever not Albanian and to eradicate any trace of whom it really belongs to. Now, contrast this reaction to the extreme toleration of Albanian flags, symbols and language overtaking the region while under Belgrade’s rule.]

The Kosovo Police [have] no reason to be proud of themselves after the way they behaved yesterday. Their job is to provide a safe and secure environment, but their active acts of provocation did exactly the opposite. When the Kosovo Police searched me, they threw my t-shirt and hat in the ditch beside the road and said very rudely “This is Albania; this is not Serbia.” For a normal civilian to say that Kosovo is Albania, shows that the person is quite nationalistic, but when a representative of the rule of law says the same, it is much more serious. [In that case] an official representative of Kosovo displays Albanian nationalism in a place that in theory should be a multi-ethnic mingling pot for all national minorities…

After 3:28 in this video, you will see me asking for EULEX…but the arrogant Kosovo Police was not cooperative at all… [Yes, such is the “police” of Albanian-seized Kosovo. And if they’re not as criminally nationalist as the rest of the population is, they don’t get to livelong.]

The Kosovo Police is an interesting creation, and there are a few Serbs working there. The police officer who was most active in charging me was in fact the Serbian woman Gordana Grujić with police ID #8097. She works at the Northern Police station in Priština, not in a Serbian enclave but an area completely dominated by Albanians. In her witness statement to the court, Grujić said that I offended her and her country when I accused them of not doing their job and provoking incidents. Serbian police officers in the Kosovo Police are not always popular in their own communities, and it is interesting that Grujić is more loyal to the new state creation of Kosovo than her own people.If I regret something, I could have been too close to the police officers with my microphone, but after looking at the video recordings, I cannot see that I was physically touching anyone. Yet, in her witness statement, Grujić said that I behaved ‘violently,’ but the judge corrected that to ‘aggressive’ in the official transcript. Although I am not at all happy with the sentence, I will give Judge Azra Cakolli credit for making a neutral account of the events.I have nothing to hide, and therefore I have made the English version of my sentence and the witness statements of four police officers and myself in Albanian available. Although Serbian is an official language in Kosovo, Judge Cakolli refused me these witness statements in Serbian.

However, my overall impression is that Judge Cakolli is a hard-working and honest lady, and she treated me correctly. Also, when I was arrested, the Kosovo Police was doing everything by the book and contacted the Norwegian Embassy in Priština…Of course, I have to mention that there are many good and honest people working in Kosovo Police, and the three other Albanian police officers who witnessed against me, shook my hand. With Gordana Grujić it was different. She refused to shake my hand and said that my apology for being too close with the microphone means nothing. It is quite interesting how a Serbian woman defends the Albanian-dominated state with such fervor. Police officers should be professionals and not get emotional and personally hurt like Grujić.[It’s called the zeal of a convert. Obviously, for a hen to be chosen to help the foxes guard the hen house, she had to pass the self-loathing test.]Kosovo aspires to be a member of the European Union with respect for basic human rights, freedom of speech and expression, but yesterday many Kosovo Police officers showed that they are behaving like monkeys with no respect for freedom of expression. After my sentence, I can say that this applies to the whole state-creation of Kosovo. This cannot be a functioning multi-ethnic community with this kind of behavior from the police.

We have also seen international reactions to the excessive use of force. The OSCE Mission in Kosovo condemns violent incidents, and the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Ambassador Werner Almhofer writes the following: “[The reported attacks on the police and people travelling on buses are unacceptable and I strongly condemn them.] I am concerned about reports of excessive use of force by some police officers, and I call on the Kosovo Police Inspectorate to investigate any police misconduct.”Farid Zarif, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, strongly condemned the “incidents and provocative acts,” in a statement issued by the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Zarif called on the authorities to conduct a complete and thorough investigation into the incidents. […]A B92 report on the attacks on Serbs trying to celebrate a Serbian holiday in Kosovo (which Albanians managed to do for Albanian holidays when Kosovo was ruled by the people it birthed, Serbs):Serbs attacked with firebombs; “Cyrillic t-shirts” banned (June 28)GAZIMESTAN, PRIŠTINA — 16 Serb children were injured when Molotov cocktails were thrown at them as they were returning from the Vidovdan ceremonies….The two boys who were hospitalized were “hit with concrete blocks on the head”….The attackers were described as “a group of (ethnic) Albanian youths”. Their target was a convoy of school buses leaving Gazimestan. A total of four Molotov cocktails were thrown at the buses, along with blocks of concrete….Thousands of Serbs gathered at Gazimestan to mark one of the most significant and symbolic dates in the nation’s history – the 1389 Battle of Kosovo. The KPS members searched them and confiscated their clothes, flags, and other insignia they were carrying.

More separate incidents and injuries were reported today from the administrative line between Kosovo and central Serbia.

Kosovo police, KPS, were searching the Serbs and confiscating all items with national and religious markings aside from Serbian flags.According to Beta news agency, some members of the KPS were “rough and they are even confiscating šajkačas, Serbian traditional hats, from the citizens”.The Kosovo police also seized t-shirts with political slogans, leaving numerous participants shirtless…Some Kosovo policemen even seized the Serbian flags and a flag of the Democratic Party (DS). […]Kahrs is actively looking for witnesses and victims of the Gazimestan official harassment of worshipers, for a class action lawsuit:Witnesses needed from Gazimestan (Aug. 9)Preparing for a class action lawsuit against the Kosovo Police (KP) for discrimination and harassment of Serbs at the Gazimestan monument on June 28, I am calling all witnesses and victims of mistreatment from KP on this day. Everyone who had their property confiscated or experienced brutal behavior from the KP, please send me an email. The KP violated their own constitution, specifically articles 57, 58 and 59. Read the Kosovo constitution….
Please let us know who you are so that we can force the Kosovo Police to answer for their discrimination and harassment against Serbs on June 28.

In a since-removed youtube video of about 30 seconds, the Kosovo police are seen arresting Serbs, including one young man who was stuffed into the back of a paddy wagon, upon which a policeman in a white T-shirt hands over a baton to a KPS officer. If anyone knows who the victim is, please contact Mr. Kahrs about the class action suit or at least inform him of the young man’s fate.Kahrs was apparently re-arrested on August 3rd, “thrown in a cell for more than 48 hours….

KP charged me with taking pictures of the Serbian policewoman Gordana Grujić on June 28, and they confiscated my computer, mobile phones and a camera for ‘evidence.’”As rare as it is to have a soldier develop the conscience to question his mission in a politically no-risk, pro-Muslim deployment, it is just as unusual to hear of the internationals in the Balkans (don’t-rock-the-boat careerists by definition) speaking up. Yet Kahrs told me separately that “a lot of internationals working in EULEX, OSCE and other organizations are frustrated by the behavior of the Kosovo Police, and they say they are willing to help with the lawsuit, at least behind the scenes.

”Below is a seven-minute video of the undressing procession. The person who posted it on youtube had the following, approving title and description: “Serbian Terrorists Provoke Kosovo Police: A large group of serbian citiziens came to celebrate the Battle of Kosova where centuries ago Balkan States fought against Ottoman Empire. But they were carrying Serbian flags, Propaganda plancards, singing serbian criminal songs, T-shirt writing.. ‘Kosovo is serbia’,etc. This made the Police take off them shirts and put everything in order.”This summary of the treatment the worshipers got appears under another video:

Trying to hold the European Union accountable in Kosovo is like trying to mud-wrestle with a greased pig. Watch the faces of these three EU police as they ignore the Albanian attacks on Serb men and women taking place directly in front of them. Visitors to the historic and religious site of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo…found their way blocked by heavily armed Albanians wearing “police” shirts….EULEX police did nothing to help the civilians. Albanians terrorized the visitors, making them run a gauntlet of battle-dressed commandos watching over them with fingers on their machine-gun triggers.An important detail was pointed out in an article by the new British-Serb online publication eBritic, citing the BBC report of the incident in which Kosovo police shot three Serbs after claiming that stones were thrown: “Instead of issuing a statement promising to crack down on those who threw [Molotov] cocktails at Serbs, ‘Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga said future groups would be banned ‘as they are seriously violating law and order and further exacerbating the security situation in Kosovo.’”Residents of the Free World should take note of the device that the “president” has used here, given that Kosovo is sponsored by the Free World. It’s a tactic that has already been utilized in North America: Long-held rights of assembly and worship are to be deemed as “inciting violence” and “ethnic hatred.” This is how freedom of speech is already being curbed, despite the accused being the actual victim of incitement to violence and ethnic hatred. Recent examples include the Jewish man in Canada who was detained for being attacked while walking his dog by a Muslim rally — and note that arresting the victim has been a feature of America’s Kosovo. Two months earlier, Christian missionaries were threatened with arrest if they didn’t leave after being pelted with water bottles and other objects during their legal missionizing at a Muslim festival in Dearborn. It’s the anticipated “V” scenario, in which the government and police are there to protect the enemy and not the citizens. I’ve even come to suspect that the reason “V” was quietly taken off the air is that CAIR felt too exposed by it and complained. The above-described events are tests for our police and officials, and they fail every time — with great zeal. Most recently, of course, was the statement by the U.S. embassy in Cairo after the attack on the embassy in Libya, rejecting the “abuse” of free speech — and so our officials have been scurrying to see what can be done about that pesky First Amendment, even visiting the “culprit” in the middle of the night about a parole violation.Kahrs’ official complaint after his detention in Kosovo follows (Aug. 17):

From Kristian Kahrs, Norwegian citizenTo: Kosovo’s Interior Ministry: zip-mpb@rks-gov.net, merita.vidishiqi@rks-gov.net
Kosovo Police: info@kosovopolice.com
Priština Municipal Court: gjykata_prishtine@gjk-ks.com
EULEX: info@eulex-kosovo.eu, press@eulex-kosovo.eu, Irina.Gudeljevic@eulex kosovo.eu, nicholas.hawton@eulex-kosovo.eu
The Human Rights Review Panel: office@hrrp.euCopies to: The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Priština and my lawyer Bogdan Vladisavljević in Leposavić. Belgrade, Aug. 17, 2012 Official complaint about the Kosovo Police and Priština Municipal CourtThe Kosovo Police (KP) tries to threaten and intimidate me by throwing me in jail and giving me fines, confiscating my computer, phones and camera and threaten me with more jail and fines…Even if I regret the fact that Norway recognized Kosovo and has an embassy in Priština, the Norwegian diplomats have been very professional and helpful in their contacts with the Priština Municipal Court.Below you can see my video and message to Kosovo’s authorities…[which was] shot outside Kosovo’s parliament and government building in Priština

.…Internationals helped the Albanians to write the constitution for Kosovo from 2008, and it is not bad at all with generous protection for Kosovo’s minorities….The problem is only that the KP and the Kosovo authorities do not respect their own laws.After this article [”Arrested, Charged and Convicted” was] published in different media, both Grujić and I have received threats. For [instance], I have received the following threat on SMS from a Kosovo Albanian…:“Hey muther fucker you called us monkey! Didnt you told that to our police? Prepare to be killed when you step another time in USA (United States of ALBANIA) fuckin gipsy of fuckin norway state that produce whores and we Albanians fuck them and than we throw them like gardbage. Remember we never forget”Yesterday I called this guy and proposed that I would pay [for] a cup of coffee instead of him killing me, but he was not very interested in nurturing any relationship with me…This case has also been reported to the KP, but I do not have any confidence that they will investigate these threats properly.Grujić also received threats when someone had published a manipulated picture of her with blood on her face. On July 9, Grujić contacted me to talk [about] the threats against her….I replied immediately to Grujić, but I never heard more from her.On Aug. 3, I went to police station #3 in Priština, hoping to have a chat, maybe a coffee with Grujić. My idea was for us to take a picture together with a short text stating that we disagree in many matters but that we agree that threats have no place in the public discourse. I thought it would be good to reduce the threats against both of us.However, my peace proposal was not well received at all from the KP. Apparently, I was on a secret list demanding my arrest, and the charge as far as I understand it is that I took pictures of the KP without permission…How it is possible to charge me with a criminal offense because I was taking pictures of a public event is beyond my understanding, and furthermore, I had already received a conviction for the same thing on June 29 having to pay a fine of 500 Euros…According to the documents I have received, I cannot see that Judge Fazliu or any other court in Kosovo has approved the confiscation of my property beforehand or retroactively. Therefore I demand that the KP immediately deletes any copy they might have taken of the data on my phones or computer.

[In] Article 22 in the Kosovo constitution, international conventions have priority over Kosovo law, and privacy is for instance protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 12 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 17.Every Kosovo police station has a couple of EULEX observers, and therefore I was very happy when one Swedish and one Greek EULEX officer entered. But the meeting with these officers was a negative surprise. The Swedish officer, I believe her name is Pernilla Erickson, reminded the KP to confiscate my computer, and I would like an official reply from EULEX why their officers actively violated the Kosovo Constitution and international conventions when they encouraged the confiscation my private property.The KP put handcuffs on me, and drove me to the Police Detention Center in police station #1 in downtown Priština…Since I had no idea who was my lawyer, the police officers tried to get me a new lawyer. At 2100 on Aug. 3, a woman came to be my lawyer. She showed me her business cards, but she tried to take them back when I tried to take one of them. She only allowed me to take [a] card when the KP officer in the detention center said that it was OK for me to have one. I also asked for a private conversation with my lawyer, but police officers kept coming and going into that room.When I told her that I had no confidence in the KP and asked her to change the passwords on Gmail and Facebook immediately, she told me she could not do that, and then she told me that I should have confidence in the KP. She also gave me a speech about the wonderful multi-ethnic Kosovo where Serbs could live without [fear] of harassment or discrimination, but she did not give me any advice how I could defend myself.

[P]olice officers…drove me to Priština Municipal Court, again in handcuffs. After over 48 hours in detention, I was a free man, at least in theory because I had never seen a judge the time I was in detention, but I was still wearing handcuffs in a holding cell in the court.In the court, I had to do number 2 in the toilet, but the problem was that there was no toilet paper there. Therefore I asked police officer with ID # 0706 if he could provide me with toilet paper. However, the police officer suggested that I should wipe my butt with my fingers. “Would you use your fingers in your rear end after you have been to the toilet,” I asked him. “Yes, I’m a Muslim and paper is dirty,” he replied. Of course, I have tried to use [a] toilet the Muslim way in Pakistan, but this toilet was not adapted to Muslim customs because the water only went down into the toilet, not up to clean your vital parts. In the end, an assistant to the court provided me toilet paper, but this is only one of many examples that the KP does everything in their power to intimidate me.

After I had been five minutes with Judge Fazliu, my second lawyer showed up in court…I thought a defense attorney is supposed to [represent] her client to the best of her ability, but both my lawyer and and the judge told me to be silent. I was not allowed to challenge anything because everything was decided beforehand. If I would have had a competent lawyer, she would be able to challenge the legality of the harassment I have been a victim of, but Judge Fazliu and my lawyer told me that I had to be thankful that they were working on a Sunday, and I should be thankful that she gave me a minimum sentence of 352 Euros and that she gave me enough money for a bus ticket to Belgrade.[The subtext: Kahrs should be thankful for these small mercies, because the usual way of handling “troublemakers” in Kosovo involves a body in a ditch. So be grateful, Foreigner, for you don’t know how things are done here.]I therefore asked for a private conversation with my lawyer, and I told her that I was extremely disappointed with her, but her response was to threaten me with lawsuits if I wrote anything negative about her in media…When I was asking for a Serbian translation of the confession in Albanian I was forced to sign, Judge Fazliu told me that I would have to wait two or three days more in detention while waiting for the translation…After we were finished in court, I thought I was free to contact my embassy or EULEX in Kosovo, but the KP had other plans. They drove me to the border with Serbia, in Merdare. When we were passing Podujevo, we saw that the Serbian names of the places we passed were crossed out by Albanian nationalists. “You have a wonderful multi-ethnic community,” I remarked ironically. I am not sure if officer # 0706 understood the irony, and he replied, “No, there is no multi-ethnic Kosovo. It is 99 percent Albanian,” he replied.# 0706 and his colleague dropped me on the border without my phones, computer or camera, and I was not able to contact anyone before I got back to Belgrade. In Merdare, there is very little public transportation to Belgrade, and it would have been much easier for me if the police officers had driven me to Mitrovica where the communication with Belgrade is much more regular, and I was forced to hitchhike back to Belgrade.I got a ride with a very nice Kosovo Albanian truck driver, and he understood my situation very well. “They had to arrest because they are scared of you,” he said.Back in Belgrade, the first thing I did was to change the passwords on my Gmail and Facebook, and then I immediately called EULEX to ask them to monitor every step KP took with my computer. The press spokespersons Nickolas Hawton and Irina Gudeljević, or any other in the press office, never replied to me, and I never heard anything for any case officers in EULEX. Therefore I cannot be sure that EULEX is doing anything to protect the victims when the KP invades the privacy of their detainees.
Irina Gudeljević, the Serbian spokeswoman for EULEX.I also received very poor answers from Gudeljević, the Serbian spokeswoman in EULEX when I asked how they reacted to the KP in Gazimestan on June 28. “Our report has been handed over to Kosovo Police as part of our MMA (monitoring, mentoring, and advising) role. It is not a public report,” she wrote. I really do not know what EULEX is doing in Kosovo if they sweep such reports under the carpet. If EULEX wants KP to be an open and democratic police force with respect for basic human rights and the right of expression, as mentioned in Kosovo’s Constitution article 40, their secrecy is very regrettable.Even if the KP does not respect the rule of law, we must do everything in our power to fight for basic human rights, for the sake of Kosovo’s minorities and also those Albanians who are KP’s victims. My promise is that I will travel to Kosovo as often as necessary, even if this could cost me more fines and more jail time.In a July interview with Voice of Russia ( “Kosovo police assault Serbian holiday observers” ) Kahrs offers the following additional details:…

KAHRS: I also was fined because I said that Kosovo has a choice. Kosovo wants to be eligible for membership in the EU…they can apply democratic values and respect the freedom of speech or they would be a monkey republic…Of course it was not the wisest thing for me to say that Kosovo would be a monkey republic but on this day the new state of Kosovo did not show any basic respect for the human rights and the freedom of expression because we also saw women who had normal T-shirts with the Serbian flag symbols at this religious ceremony and they were forced to take them off. So, the Serbs had to attend this religious ceremony only in their bra…

VOR: Can you tell me a little bit of anything you know regarding possible Kosovo police involvement in the attacks on the busses that were carrying the schoolchildren?

KAHRS: There is no doubt that this was pre-planned and I find it likely that the Kosovo police had an intelligence that this would happen. But there is no evidence that KPS was directly involved. [This is how it always works in Kosovo.] However I would like to have an international investigation to find out if the Kosovo police had any official role in this.

VOR: Have you heard anything about the children that were injured?

KAHRS: I know that two people were seriously injured. They were at the hospitals in Nis…But of course it is serious that the state of Kosovo is not respecting human rights and that they are using excessive force when they are trying to protect their national identity. [I believe that’s called hyper-nationalism, though it only causes concern when Serbs are accused of it.]…

VOR: Are there reasons to believe that this was planned for this date, this year? I understand last year everything went by pretty quietly.

KAHRS: I’m convinced that this was an intentional provocation to give a clear signal that this is the Albanian land and not Serbian at all….there were riot police there, anti-terror police heavily armed and in light gear and you had also normal police officers, and they were definitely planning this…This is something I hope will be revealed in our class action lawsuit against the Kosovo police.An excerpt from an article about the lawsuit appears below, with Kahrs lamenting,”Albanians and their supporters have their field day in the comments below. Instead of looking into my criticism of the Kosovo Police, they compare me with the Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.”Norwegian reporter announces lawsuit against Kosovo police (July 3, Source:

Tanjug, Vesti A scene from Gazimestan (Beta)

This former officer of the NATO troops in Kosovo…told the Frankfurt-based Serbian language daily Vesti… “I also said I was sorry that there were such policemen in the KPS who do not respect freedom of speech and human rights, to which they responded – if that’s how things are in Europe, then we don’t want Europe!

“I am calling on everyone ready to fight for human rights to join me. It was the Kosovo police that was provoking at Gazimestan. I’m not saying that every policeman should be judged. There are honest people there as well. Some told me unofficially that they did not act well,” said the Norwegian.Kahrs concluded by saying that he previously served with KFOR in Kosovo where he arrived “from democratic Norway to help create democracy and defend human rights”.Last November, Kahrs joined the last of the resisting Serbs at the barricades:In a Google translation of a Novosti article at the time — which I’ve corrected with Kahrs’ help — Kahrs said he was naive when in 2000 he came to the area convinced that NATO attacked Serbia and led Norwegian troops into Kosovo in order to protect human rights. He added, “Our obligation under Resolution 1244 and the Military-Technical Agreement was to protect Serbs from Albanian reprisals, but we have in fact completely failed… During the time that we were responsible for security in Kosovo, ethnically cleansed from here [were] about 250,000 Serbs and other non-Albanians. So, as a former officer of KFOR [I] feel obliged to apologize.”Kahrs related that it was thanks to the media euphoria over Kosovo that he decided to report to the army and join KFOR. He attended the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs to learn about Kosovo before his deployment, about which he revealed that his mentor there said the bombing of Yugoslavia was a mistake and that the Albanian mafia is behind most of the narcotics trade in Europe. The mentor was Espen Barth Eide, Norwegian former Defense Minister and now Foreign Affairs Minister. So the foreign minister of a NATO country is saying today that we did not have sufficient reason to go to war — and, from an interview with him taken by Kahrs in Norwegian, one can infer that the Rambouillet treaty presented to Belgrade in 1999 was a sham. As Kahrs puts it in his book summary: “We basically gave Yugoslavia the option of being occupied or bombed.”“‘However, it turned out that I was not prepared for the reality on the ground. I was not aware of the fact that KFOR is not doing its job. We were cowards because we’ve allowed the KLA [to turn] into the Kosovo Protection Corps and later into the Kosovo police. In this way, the criminal elements get a legitimate status in Kosovo institutions.’” In the foreword to the book Sorry, Serbia (coming 2013), Kahrs adds, “Among officers in KFOR, there were many who didn’t like this, but we made this choice to protect our own forces from attack from the Albanian extremists.”The Novosti article continues that Kahrs “does not deny that he quickly fell into a routine military machine, which has no personal views. ‘Today I am ashamed of what I wrote.’”Kahrs did, however, start the KFOR online news service, which debuted with the story of a bus bombing that took place on his birthday on February 2, 2000. On the road between Kosovska Mitrovica and Peć, Albanian terrorists attacked a UNHCR bus with an RPG, killing two Serbs. The following February, of course, was the even more devastating Nis Express massacre Kahrs mentioned in the earlier video interview. He would later break down upon seeing the burned-down house of his friends the Popovic family in Pec in 2005. The grandfather, who stayed behind to guard the house, is still listed among the missing Serbs of Kosovo.The Novosti article closes: “… ‘After I went [from] Kosovo to Belgrade [I was] shocked [by] the people’s warm reception even though my country participated in the NATO bombing. Something I have never experienced [from] the Albanians.’“After reporting [on] multiple world battlefields, Kahrs returned to Norway. All the time, he says, ‘I felt the need to return to Serbia…I was embarrassed when in 2008 Norwegian authorities recognized Kosovo and sent back 70 Serbs who were in my country seeking asylum. The Norwegian government decided that Serbs are not entitled to protection, even though NATO countries created the problem of refugees.’“[Kahrs] is writing a book about his experiences in Kosovo and [the] covert ethnic cleansing of Serbs. The book will be printed in Norwegian, English and Serbian. ‘I hope that the Norwegian and western politicians read this book….They do not understand the consequences of their decisions….I’m afraid that the international community is now repeating the same recipe in the case of the Serbs in northern Kosovo.’”That is a reference, of course, to the explosive situation in the last safe part of Kosovo, northern Mitrovica. Which is where, at this moment, our National Guard troops have their guns trained on the last of the resisting Serbs. For we are in the 11th hour of sealing our crime against Christianity and against a historical ally in Kosovo, where the U.S. first took a dark turn and betrayed civilization. Washington is of course counting on eyes being on the election here, so that when the gunfire between NATO and the Serbs starts, Americans won’t notice.Every U.S. election year sees the next decisive nail in the coffin of the Serbs’ birthplace, where they fended off the Ottomans and the Austro-Hungarian Empire that gave us Hitler. In 2004 we had the deadly pogroms by Albanians which spurred our bureaucrats in Congress to reward the violence by putting Kosovo on the fast-track to independence, defying our own signature on international agreements. In 2008, we sealed the deal by encouraging the Albanians to avoid legality — and declare independence unilaterally. We recognized statehood immediately, of course, thereby giving Serbia the stick even after it went for the carrot (they had voted in an obedient ‘pro-Western’ regime).This election year, while everyone is distracted, we will militarily force the Serbs to submit to Muslim Albanian mafia rule. If Americans think the fate of Kosovo’s Serbs doesn’t foreshadow their own future, they are manifestly mistaken.

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New shocking details emerge in Kosovo human organ trafficking!


New shocking details emerge in Kosovo
human organ trafficking

September 16, 2012 – 6:26 am
Pravda 14.09.2012
By Sergei Vasilenko

It seems that the investigation of the case of “black” transplant surgeons from Kosovo comes to a new level. Prosecutor’s Office of Serbia managed to find a witness who, during the 1990s, was a member of a gang of illegal sellers of human organs. The evidence that prosecutors obtained is terrifying. However, it is a big question whether the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

The origins of the problem

Both Kosovo and Serbia used to be a part of the state of Yugoslavia. In 1945, Kosovo became an autonomous region within Serbia. In addition to the Serbs, the region was populated by Albanians, who settled there during the WWII. In 1974, Yugoslavia adopted the constitution, according to which Serbia’s territories received the status of republics, which, however, did not have the right to separate. Kosovo became an autonomous province, which received its own constitution and government. During the 1980s, the autonomous status of Kosovo was abolished as a result of the political crisis that had plagued Yugoslavia, along with some other countries in Eastern Europe.

Under the new law of Serbia, which was adopted in September 1990, Kosovo retained only the cultural and territorial autonomy within Serbia. The Kosovo Albanians did not agree with such state of affairs and started to create their own governments. In 1991, Kosovo declared independence as a result of illegal referendum. The so-called Republic of Kosovo was created headed by President Ibrahim Rugova. In 1996, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was established, the purpose of which was to struggle for independence of the region. A terrorist war developed in Kosovo, in which rebels KLA gunmen killed hundreds of civilian Serbs.

In March 1999, NATO troops intervened in the conflict without the approval from the UN. They began Operation Allied Force, which lasted until June 1999, when the Yugoslav army withdrew from Kosovo, and the region was transferred under the UN administration. In February 2008, the Kosovo parliament, with the unilateral support from the U.S. and some European countries, declared independence of Kosovo, which triggered a new wave of ethnic unrest in the province. A number of states recognized the independence of Kosovo, including Taiwan, the U.S., France, Italy and some other countries. However, the real status of Kosovo still remains unknown even today.

The case of the “black transplant surgeons” is linked to KLA’s activities in Kosovo during the conflict with the Yugoslav army, that is, with the Serbs, in the 1990s. The KLA was linked to al-Qaeda at the end of the 1990s. According to The Washington Times, the Kosovo Liberation Army fighters were trained in the camps of the terrorist organization. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, this “army” was receiving profit from selling drugs.

As it turns out, another source of the funding for the KLA was the illegal sale of human organs. For these purposes, they used the Serbs as well as foreigners whom they had captured during armed conflicts.

The prosperity of “black” transplantology

The illegal sellers of human organs in Kosovo organized the horrible business very well. The criminals would lure the gullible citizens from Russia, Turkey, Moldova and some other countries into Kosovo. Those people were willing to sell their kidneys for 15,000 euros. After the surgery performed in anti-sanitary conditions, patients would receive nothing of what they were promised. Many of them would die soon afterwards, while the criminals would sell the organs to their customers in other countries for $80,000 – 100,000. The captured Serbs were also used the “donors.”

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, Carla Del Ponte, became particularly interested in this problem. She published a book about this subject, which caused quite a stir in the world. In 2004, she visited a camp in Albania, where the inhuman operations were performed. Serbian prosecutors filed a criminal case into the trafficking of human organs.

The activities of illegal transplant surgeons received international publicity in 2010 after the report from Dick Marty, a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In the report, he unveiled the facts about the activities of the “black transplantologists” from Kosovo in the 1990s. The report also stated that the people from the team of Hashim Thaci, an Albanian, the current Prime Minister of the unrecognized “Republic of Kosovo,” were involved in those crimes. Thaci’s patrons from the U.S. and its NATO allies were aware of his blood-chilling activities. Britain’s The Guardian wrote in October 2011, that the criminal activity of Hashim Thaci was described in a secret document of NATO. However, they do not hurry to prosecute the Albanian, apparently out of narrow political considerations.

Thus, the case of “black” transplant surgeons is not drawing to its end. A witness has been found, who exposed new shocking details about those operations. In the late 1990s, at the height of the conflict between the Kosovo Albanians and the Serbs, the KLA captured about 300 Serbs during the war. The people were taken to Albania. The witness, according to Serbia’s deputy prosecutor for war crimes Bruno Vekaric, is a former KLA terrorist himself. He had received a two-week training on how to remove human organs.

He was present at an operation to remove the heart of one of the captured Serbs and then took part in the transportation of the organ to the airfield near the Albanian capital, Tirana. The witness opened the man’s abdomen himself – there was no anesthesia used in the operation. The witness also said the victim was screaming and begging for mercy; everything around was covered in blood.

Moreover, the KLA members conducted this criminal activity during the time when representatives of various international organizations, such as the Red Cross, the NATO mission and many Western media journalists were staying in the province. The general public was also well aware of those crimes, but there were no decisive steps made to stop the horror. The incident of the KLA crimes, which the witness described, gave a new incentive to the investigation of numerous kidnappings and illegal organ trafficking in Kosovo. Will it be brought to an end? Will justice prevail?

As stated by Natasa Scepanovic, a spokeswoman for The Association of the Families of the Kidnapped and Murdered in Kosovo and Metohija, the experience of investigation of the activities of the sides of the ethnic conflict in Kosovo shows that international organizations expose the victims on the part of the Serbs to discrimination. That is why, she added, the cases of “black” transplantologists do not lead to any results. This, in her view, raises skepticism about the willingness of international organizations to restore order in this matter. Officials of the “Republic of Kosovo” do not contribute to the investigation either. Thus, Kosovo’s Foreign Minister, Enver Hoxhaj, stated that the appearance of the witness was timed to the anniversary of the independence of Kosovo.

Of course, the official Pristina does not want to cast shadow on the leadership of the unrecognized republic, because the offense involves Hashim Thaci himself. In connection with the above, there are serious doubts about the fact that the case of the “black” transplant surgeons will be brought to its logical conclusion in the near future. Political and economic crises continue to rock the region, and there is no end to these problems. In addition, the silence of the informed international community and complexity in the search of evidence severely hamper the investigation.

9/11 Mastermind Osama bin Laden: America’s Anti-Soviet “Peace Warrior” and CIA “Intelligence Asset”


“On September 11, 2012, let us not only renew our efforts to expose the truth, but also take our awareness a step further to understand that the wars launched since that fateful autumn day in 2001 – in the bitterly ironic name of “justice” and supposedly to combat “terrorism” – continue to take lives of people across the world. These wars are based on lies and their costs are staggering.”

The eleventh commemoration anniversary of 9/11 brings to the forefront the issue of 911 truth. The official story is that Al Qaeda, with the complicity of the Taliban government was behind the 9/11 attacks.

Both George W Bush and Barack Obama claim that the late Osama bin Laden was the architect of 9/11, responsible for overseeing the 9/11 hijackers.

And that is why, we are told, that America is waging a  “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT)  under the Pentagon’s doctrine of  “preemptive warfare”.

The Global War on Terrorism not only targets “non-State” terrorist entities including Al Qaeda, it is also directed against alleged “state sponsors” of terrorism.  In this regard,  several Western countries including the US, Britain and Canada consider that Iran is supportive of the “Sunni jihadist terror network”, an absurd proposition. In December 2011, a  Manhattan court judgment (based on selected testimonies and fabricated evidence), accused the Islamic Republic of Iran of supporting the 9/11 Al Qaeda hijackers.

The investigation into Tehran’s alleged role was launched in 2004, pursuant to a recommendation of the 9/11 Commission “regarding an apparent link between Iran, Hezbollah, and the 9/11 hijackers”. The 91/11 Commission’s recommendation was that the this “apparent link” required  “further investigation by the U.S. government.” (9/11 Commission Report , p. 241). (See Iran 911 Case).

In the December 2011 court judgment (Havlish v. Iran)  “U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels ruled  that Iran and Hezbollah materially and directly supported al Qaeda in the September 11, 2001 attacks and are legally responsible for damages to hundreds of family members of 9/11 victims who are plaintiffs in the case”. (See Michel Chossudovsky, the 9/11 Reader, Global Research, September 3, 2001)

Who was Osama bin Laden, the Alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks?

The US administration tacitly acknowledges that Osama bin Laden had been recruited by the CIA in the heyday of the Soviet-Afghan war. Osama bin Laden was the leader of Al Qaeda which was supported covertly by the CIA.  

The Blowback:  The official version is that “we supported” Al Qaeda’s jihadist crusade against the Soviet Union. “It was for a good cause.:

According to Washington’s narrative Osama bin Laden “turned against us”  in the wake of the Soviet-Afghan war, which broadly coincided with the end of the Cold War (1946-1989), .

In intelligence parlance, “the blowback” refers to an “intelligence asset”  which goes against its sponsors, namely the CIA.

In the immediate wake of the Cold War, bin Laden was said to have abandoned the jihad. He was portrayed with some hesitation as a “Peace Warrior”  involved in humanitarian undertakings.  The byline of this post Cold War photograph of Osama bin Laden published by the Independent in 1993, describes Bin Laden as an “anti-Soviet warrior”  “on the road to peace”.

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Robert Fisk’s 1993  report,  published at the outset of the post Cold War era.  described  Bin Laden as a former “freedom fighter”,  “Saudi businessman” and philanthropist:

Osama Bin Laden sat in his gold- fringed robe, guarded by the loyal Arab mujahedin who fought alongside him in Afghanistan. Bearded, taciturn figures – unarmed, but never more than a few yards from the man who recruited them, trained them and then dispatched them to destroy the Soviet army – they watched unsmiling as the Sudanese villagers of Almatig lined up to thank the Saudi businessman who is about to complete the highway linking their homes to Khartoum for the f
irst time in history.

With his high cheekbones, narrow eyes and long brown robe, Mr Bin Laden looks every inch the mountain warrior of mujahedin legend. Chadored children danced in front of him, preachers acknowledged his wisdom. ”We have been waiting for this road through all the revolutions in Sudan,” a sheikh said. ”We waited until we had given up on everybody – and then Osama Bin Laden came along.”

Al Qaeda in the 1990s

Did Bin Laden abandon the jihadist cause?

The evidence amply confirms that in the wake of the Cold War, Bin Laden maintained his links with the CIA –indirectly through Pakistan’s military intelligence (ISI)–  and continued to perform the role of a US sponsored “intelligence asset”

Al Qaeda was directly involved in the US-NATO sponsored civil war is Bosnia, providing support to the Bosnian Muslim Army.

Ironically, the links of Al Qaeda to the Clinton administration are fully documented by a lengthy Congressional report of the Republican Party Committee (RPC) published in 1997.

The RPC Congressional report accuses the Clinton administration of having “helped turn Bosnia into a militant Islamic base” leading to the recruitment through the so-called “Militant Islamic Network,” of thousands of Mujahideen from the Muslim world.

Ironically,  Osama bin Laden’s  Sudan based  NGO,  alluded to in Robert Fisk’s 1993 article,  is identified in the Republican Party Committee (RPC) as a “phoney humanitarian organization” linked up to with the Bosnia terror network, and directly supported by the Clinton administration:

… The role of one Sudan-based “humanitarian organization,” called the Third World Relief Agency, has been well documented. The Clinton Administration’s “hands-on” involvement with the Islamic network’s arms pipeline included inspections of missiles from Iran by U.S. government officials… the Third World Relief Agency (TWRA), a Sudan-based, phoney humanitarian organization … has been a major link in the arms pipeline to Bosnia. … TWRA is believed to be connected with such fixtures of the Islamic terror network as Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman (the convicted mastermind behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing) and Osama Bin Laden, a wealthy Saudi émigré believed to bankroll numerous militant groups. [Washington Post, 9/22/96] (The original document is on the website of theUS Senate Republican Party Committee (Senator Larry Craig), at http://www.senate.gov/~rpc/releases/1997/iran.htm emphasis added)

The Republican Party accused president Bill Clinton and his National Security Adviser Anthony Lake (who subsequently headed the CIA) of abetting and supporting the recruitment of Mujahideen, who were then dispatched to Bosnia.

The unspoken objective was to destroy Yugoslavia as a nation state.

From Bosnia to Kosovo

In the late 1990s, Al Qaeda led by Osama bin Laden –acting in liaison with the Western military alliance– was involved in providing support to the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

The “Bosnian pattern” described in the 1997 Congressional RPC report was replicated in Kosovo. With the complicity of NATO and the US State Department. Mujahideen mercenaries from the Middle East and Central Asia were recruited to fight in the ranks of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in 1998-99, largely supporting NATO’s war effort.

Confirmed by British military sources, the task of arming and training of the KLA had been entrusted in 1998 to the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Britain’s Secret Intelligence Services MI6, together with “former and serving members of 22 SAS [Britain’s 22nd Special Air Services Regiment], as well as three British and American private security companies”.7

The US DIA approached MI6 to arrange a training programme for the KLA, said a senior British military source. `MI6 then sub-contracted the operation to two British security companies, who in turn approached a number of former members of the (22 SAS) regiment. Lists were then drawn up of weapons and equipment needed by the KLA.’ While these covert operations were continuing, serving members of 22 SAS Regiment, mostly from the unit’s D Squadron, were first deployed in Kosovo before the beginning of the bombing campaign in March. 8

While British SAS Special Forces in bases in Northern Albania were training the KLA, military instructors from Turkey and Afghanistan financed by the “Islamic jihad” were collaborating in training the KLA in guerilla and diversion tactics.10

Bin Laden had visited Albania himself. He was one of several fundamentalist groups that had sent units to fight in Kosovo, … Bin Laden is believed to have established an operation in Albania in 1994 … Albanian sources say Sali Berisha, who was then president, had links with some groups that later proved to be extreme fundamentalists. (Michel Chossudovsky  Osamagate, October 9, 2001
  numerals refer to endnotes in the original article)

 According to Ralf Mutschke of Interpol’s Criminal Intelligence division also in a testimony to the House Judicial Committee:

“The U.S. State Department listed the KLA as a terrorist organization, indicating that it was financing its operations with money from the international heroin trade and loans from Islamic countries and individuals, among them allegedly Usama bin Laden” . Another link to bin Laden is the fact that the brother of a leader in an Egyptian Jihad organization and also a military commander of Usama bin Laden, was leading an elite KLA unit during the Kosovo conflict.” (US Congress, Testimony of Ralf Mutschke of Interpol’s Criminal Intelligence Division, to the House Judicial Committee, 13 December 2000).

Macedonia: Al Qaeda and the US Military in the Months  Preceding  9/11

On the 10th of September, eleven years ago, I published an article entitled Washington Behind Terrorist Assaults In Macedonia, which confirmed that the US military and Al Qaeda were collaborating in supporting a self-proclaimed National Liberation Army (NLA), involved in terrorist attacks in the FYR of Macedonia. This text was among the first articles posted by Global Research, which was launched on September 9, 2001.

The NLA was an offshoot of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). The NLA-KLA terrorists were trained and supported by a private mercenary company, Military Professional Resources International  (MPRI), on contract to the Pentagon.

“Among the foreign mercenaries now [ June-July 2001] fighting with the KLA-NLA are Mujahedin from the Middle East and the Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union as well as “soldiers of fortune” from several NATO countries including Britain, Holland and Germany. Some of these Western mercenaries had previously fought with the KLA and the Bosnian Muslim Army.12

While Washington was arming the National Liberation Army (NLA) terrorists which included Al Qaeda mercenaries in its ranks,  some 3000 heavily armed NATO troops were given the mandate to “disarm the rebels” and enforce the cease-fire.  Code-named “Essential Harvest” this NATO endeavor was officially launched on August 22, 2001.

The actual NATO operation under a “humanitarian mandate” consisting of troop deployments started on August 27,  two weeks before the September 11, 2001 attacks.

At the time, this bogus R2P “peacekeeping” operation under British command was intended to weaken the Macedonian Armed Forces and destabilize national institutions. In the words, of the Prime minister of FYR of Macedonia Ljubco Georgievski:

“As much as their text [„peace plan“] is brutal, more brutal and worrying is the fashion in whichthey are trying to break up Macedonian state institutions,’ … All of the terrorist actions in Macedonia have been supported by the Western democracies… all threats and blackmails have been presented so far, except that NATO will conduct an air-strike on us.(Macedonian Prime Minister Mr. Ljubco Georgievski, quoted in Washington Behind Terrorist Assaults In Macedonia, emphasis added)

In a bitter  irony, Washington was behind the terrorist NLA assault  in Macedonia integrated by Al Qaeda mercenaries, which preceded the August 27 NATO intervention. The objective of  Operation “Essential Harvest” was not disarm the NLA terrorists. The hidden agenda was twofold: coverup and regime change.

While Secretary of State Colin Powell had, at the time reaffirmed  America’s resolve to “combat terrorism”, US military advisers were fighting alongside the NLA terrorists. The NLA was not only integrated by Al  Qaeda mercenaries, the rebels were being supported by US special forces:

Among the rebels that were withdrawing were 17 “instructors” – former [MPRI] US officers that provided military training for the rebels. Not only that: the Macedonian security forces claim that 70% of the equipment that the guerrilla fighters took with them are of US production and the latter includes highly sophisticated third generation night vision devices.” (Ibid, See also Hamburger Abendblatt, Hamburg, 27 June 2001, English translation by OK-Macedonia, Skopje, 28 June 2001, at http://www.ok.mk/news/story.asp?id=1631. )

What is significant in these events is that barely a few months before 9/11, former US military officers, which had integrated the ranks of the terror brigades, were caught red-handed (June 2001) together with Al Qaeda mercenaries.

In other words, in the weeks preceding 9/11, there is evidence of active collaboration between Al Qaeda and US military officers on contract to the Pentagon in blatant contradiction with the 9/11 narrative.

The official 9/11 story is predicated on the “blowback”, namely that Al Qaeda, the alleged perpetrator of the 9/11 attacks “turned against us” in the wake of the Cold War (1989). The eve
nts in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia confirm unequivocally that Al Qaeda was an intelligence asset  throughout the 1990s up until June 2001, when NLA Al Qaeda operatives were arrested with their US military instructors.

The KLA-NLA terrorists are funded from US military aid, the United Nations peace-keeping budget as well as by several Islamic organisations including Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda. Drug money is also being used to finance the terrorists with the complicity of the US government. The recruitment of Mujahideen to fight in the ranks of the NLA in Macedonia is implemented through various Islamic groups.

US military advisers mingle with Mujahideen within the same paramilitary force, Western mercenaries from NATO countries fight alongside Mujahideen recruited in the Middle East and Central Asia. And the US media calls this a “blowback” where so-called “intelligence assets” have gone against their sponsors!

But this did not happen during the Cold war! It is happening right now in Macedonia. And it is confirmed by numerous press reports, eyewitness accounts, photographic evidence as well as official statements by the Macedonian Prime Minister, who has accused the Western military alliance of supporting the terrorists. Moreover, the official Macedonian New Agency (MIA) has pointed to the complicity between Washington’s envoy Ambassador James Pardew and the NLA terrorists. 17 In other words, the so-called “intelligence assets” are still serving the interests of their US sponsors. (Michel Chossudovsky, Osamagate, Global Research, October 9, 2001)

Throughout the post 9/11 era (2001-2012), there is ample evidence that Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda affiliated entities (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria), have continued to play a central role in US sponsored covert operations.

Macedonia versus Syria: Déjà Vu

Bosnia,  Kosovo, Macedonia: The strategic objective of the US-NATO military operations was to destabilize and destroy the Yugoslav Federation using Al Qaeda terrorist operatives as a means to triggering sectarian strife and ethnic divisions within a socially and culturally diverse national society.

The Bosnia-Kosovo model was replicated in Libya and Syria.

The National Liberation Army (NLA) of Macedonia integrated by Al Qaeda terrorists versus the Free Syrian Army (FSA) integrated by Al Qaeda mercenaries recruited by NATO, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Macedonia’s Prime Minister Georgievski’s statement (above) `focusing on the threats of NATO airstrikes and the breaking up of state institutions,’ is remarkably similar to that of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad.

Al Qaeda Déjà Vu? The FSA terrorist attacks in Syria in 2012 bear a canny resemblance to those conducted in Macedonia in 2001. The Syrian FSA integrated by Al Qaeda operatives is supported by the same Western powers, which intervened in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia.



Western breaking of Serbia- Vojvodina is next?


English: map showing location of Vojvodina wit...

English: map showing location of Vojvodina within Serbia Serbian: мапа која приказује положај Војводине у Србији (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When the Economist magazine described the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina in 2009 as being on a thin edge leading to its independence, citing the fact that under Milosevic, both Kosovo and Vojvodina had equal autonomy, not many people reacted. Now, the situation is starting to get critical.

The 1974 Yugoslav constitution didn’t only give the Serbian region of Kosovo wide autonomy and the traits of a republic, it also gave that to the north of Serbia — a stretch of land called Vojvodina. Vojvodina has always been an attractive chunk of real estate, for centuries exploited by outside powers for its fertile farmland.

Even though Serbs first settled this land around the 6th century, a bunch of Hungarian conquests lead to the gradual takeover of all of todays Vojvodina by Hungarians. Despite that, more Serbs started settling from the 14th century onward. The Serbs finally declared the Serbian Voivodship, where the name Vojvodina came from, meaning ‘duchy’, in 1848. After the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed, Vojvodina legally united with Serbia, a status that remains to this day.

Vojvodinians, just as Montenegrins, are more often looked upon as different than the rest of Serbs. Like in Montenegro, Serbian cyrillic script disappeared overnight on official provisional web-sites and there are more and more claims that Vojvodinians are a nation, with their own language.

So, on August 15, 2012, Nenad Canak annouced the formation of an ‘autonomist front’, an anti-constitutional league consisting of his party and other parties who want to take more power from the new Belgrade government, which will aim to internationalize the so-called ‘Vojvodina question’. Canak claims that he’ll talk to several factors within the international community and see what he should do next.

This could be opening another Pandora’s box in the Balkans, where people are sick and tired of separatist conflicts and just want to live in peace. It seems that Canak will stop at nothing to secede Vojvodina from the rest of Serbia, hoping that he’ll gain absolute power in that way.

Former German Ambassador to Belgrade Andreas Zobel threatened Belgrade back in 2007 that if it insisted on Kosovo being an integral part of Serbia, flares could ignite in Vojvodina and the Serbian region of Rashka, or Sandzak. It might just be a matter of time before the West tells Serbia that, for the sake of EU membership, it should not only give up Kosovo, but Vojvodina as well. Unless, of course, if Serbia starts ignoring what the West wants, and starts doing what it wants.

For GRTV, Boris Malagurski:

“DESANADERISATION” OF SERBIA HAS BEGUN – THE DINKIĆ CASE


1. For a European Serbia - Boris Tadić

1. For a European Serbia – Boris Tadić (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

The International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) in Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses events in the Middle East and the Balkans. IFIMES has analysed current events in Serbia following the presidential, parliamentary, provincial and local elections, with an emphasis on fighting organised crime and corruption and the formation of the new government of the Republic of Serbia. The most interesting sections from the analysis entitled “DESANADERISATION” OF SERBIA HAS BEGUN – THE DINKIĆ CASE are published below.

Serbia has recently held presidential, parliamentary, provincial and local elections. The winner of the presidential election was Tomislav Nikolić (Serbian Progressive Party – SNS) who took over the presidential office on 31 May 2012.

At the parliamentary election the majority of votes went to the coalition „Let’s Move Serbia – Tomislav Nikolić“ (24.01%), followed by „For a Better Life – Boris Tadić“ (22.07%), „Ivica Dačić – SPS, PUPS, JS“ (14.54%) and others.

According to democratic principles Nikolić’s Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) (24.,01%) as the winner of parliamentary election should form the new government of the Republic of Serbia. Paradoxically, Tadić’s Democratic Party (DS) which lost the election is now trying to form the government. This undermines the basic concept of democratic election – reducing the whole process to postelection computation of how to gain the support of at least 126 deputy seats in order to elect the new government of the Republic of Serbia.

The formation of the government is taking place under strong pressures from the EU which demands Serbia to start fighting organised crime and corruption, or in other words to launch the „desanaderisation“ process in Serbia according to the Croatian model: to prosecute the highest representatives of Serbian authorities for being involved in organised crime and corruption. Being still the strongest party and controlling most of Serbia, the Democratic Party has pointed to the president of United Regions of Serbia (URS) Mlađan Dinkić according to the „better-him-than-me“ principle, accusing him of being the Serbian Ivo Sanader. This is the reason why Boris Tadić avoids having Mlađan Dinkić in the new Serbian Government – this would make his apprehension more difficult and put Tadić’s government in a poor light. The EU wants to know among other where the money from Milošević’s regime „disappeared“ after democratic election on 5 October 2000 when it was transferred to foreign bank accounts, especially to Cyprus, and what role Mlađan Dinkić played in this process.

The EU increased its demands to prosecute those responsible for organised crime in Serbia after Austria initiated an investigation in September 2011 on the purchase of mobile operators in the region, notably of Mobtel, by the Austrian state company Telekom, and after the European Parliament (EP) adopted the Resolution on 29 March 2012 demanding Serbia to carry out a review of dubious privatisation processes. A notable case was that of „Mobtel“ which was sold to the controversial Austrian businessman Martin Schlaff and subsequently to Norwegian Telenor for EUR 1.513 billion.

In previous analyses the IFIMES International Institute has pointed out that certain highest officials of the Democratic Party behave as an organised criminal group. During twelve years under Tadić’s Democratic Party Serbian government has compromised itself and became entangled in organised crime and corruption, which is illustrated by numerous cases. Some of those examples have been pointed out by the EU in the European Parliament Resolution adopted on 29 March 2012. EP demanded Serbian authorities to carry out investigation and review of dubious privatisation processes in 24 companies.

Investigations into above privatisation processes have shown that in most of those privatisations the key role was played by Boris Tadić and some high officials from his Democratic Party as well as Mlađan Dinkić, president of G17 Plus and leader of the United Regions of Serbia (URS) coalition. The European Union has expressed serious doubts concerning the legality of company privatisation processes, including those of„Sartid“, „Jugoremedija“, „Mobtel“, „C market“ and „ATP Vojvodina“. EU demanded Serbian authorities to declassify immediately documents on the privatisation and sale of those companies that were classified as State Secret which is contrary to professional and European standards.

Should Tadić’s Democratic Party form the new government of Serbia again, the situation will become absurd since the revision of dubious privatisations would be carried out by the same government which is actually responsible for those privatisations The question is how Serbian government is going to pay compensation to all those who suffered damages through dubious and unlawful privatisations. Economic experts believe that the payment of compensation in cash would bring Serbia to bankruptcy. They propose to convert the compensation for damages into ownership shares in certain companies in order to avoid the bankruptcy of the Serbian state while at the same time justice would be ensured and EU demands respected. To this end, an agreement should be reached between Serbia’s Government and the natural and legal persons concerned.

The IFIMES International Institute is of the opinion that at the request of the EU the revision of dubious privatisation processes should be carried out by independent international auditing institutions whereby strong international monitoring should be ensured. Most privatisations carried out in Serbia are not real privatisations but simply transfers of ownership rights without any investment. Greenfield investments are the motor of development of any country, while the state can encourage and support economic development through various forms of subsidies.

With the apprehension and prosecution of Mlađan Dinkić certain high officials from the Democratic Party would gain time while the EU would be satisfied that one of Serbian state officials finally ended in prison. Initiating prosecution against Dinkić would not affect the leaders of the Democratic Party, although it will undoubtedly postpone their processing. Croatia went through a similar scenario when former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader and former Vice Prime Minister Damir Polančec were apprehended and prosecuted while others, who were also responsible, postponed or even avoided court proceedings.

TADIĆ CAN NOT AVOID RESPONSIBILITY

Through a dubious privatisation process and with the support of Martin Schlaff, Mobtel was sold to Norwegian operator Telenor at the time when Boris Tadić held a high function in one of the involved companies.

Namely, during his term of office as Minister of Telecommunication, Tadić also performed the function of the chairman of the management board of „JP PTT saobraćaja Srbije“ (public enterprise of postal communications of Serbia), which had a joint company with Mobtel owned by Bogoljub Karić. From that period it is still not clear what role Tadić played in the initiation of bankruptcy procedure, determination of the amount of the share capital, preparation of the company for its sale to the buyer who was related to his Democratic Party, sponsorships carried out by the order of Boris Tadić etc. The investigating bodies have not examined nor processed Tadić on those issues yet.

Another dubious case is the sales agreement of 4 April 2006 when Mobtel’s property was unlawfully taken over by the newly formed company Mobi 63 that was subsequently sold to the Norwegian company Telenor, which was marked as state secret. The question is why and in whose interest was this commercial agreement marked as state secret. Where did EUR 1,513 billion of proceeds from the sale of Mobtel to a foreign owner disappear? Why the total sales value of Mobtel reduced by EUR 200 million was paid to the transaction account with the National Bank of Serbia?

The role of Martin Schlaff and Telecom Austria in these affairs is also being investigated in Austria, with Austrian Prosecutor’s Office conducting an investigation against Schlaff and other individuals who participated in these affairs. Besides the Prosecution’s investigation, an Investigating Commission of the Austrian Parliament was formed in September 2011, investigating the role of Martin Schlaff as well as the former Vice-Chancellor Hubert Gorbach who participated in this affair, former Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel and other individuals. Right after the formation of the Investigating Commission Schüssel resigned from the position of the MP in the Austrian Parliament in order to enable undisturbed investigation.

It is obvious that this case encompasses elements of organized crime, which can be further proven by the involvement of the former European Commissioner Benita Ferrero Waldner and some other highly positioned EU functionaries as well as Serbian functionaries in this affair. Austrian investigation will inevitably lead to Serbia where the role of Boris Tadić, Mlađan Dinkić, Vuk JeremićSrđan Šaper and others will have to be investigated and their connection with Martin Schlaff proven. The Prosecution believes that the hearing of Bogoljub Karić will be of key importance to explain dubious privatisation of Mobtel, since he can provide answers to numerous questions and contribute to the conclusion of the investigation on the unlawful sale of Mobtel.

The IFIMES International Institute believes that it would not be appropriate for the Democratic Party (DS) to participate in the formation of the new Serbian government due to numerous irregularities and heavy burdens from the past 12 years; instead they should prove their democratic orientation by respecting the democratic principle that the party which looses election can not run the new government of Serbia.

International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies