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Searching for sources and examples of this evil, the reporters of "Novosti" recently discovered a horrific photograph, the best illustration of the bloody feasts of KLA members. On the large photograph, we see three KLA members in uniform. The oldest, the one in the middle with the toothy grin, is holding a severed human head in his right hand and the larger head of a younger man in his left hand.
Vecernje Novosti, Belgrade, Serbia, Serbia-Montenegro, November 2, 2003
Despite the passing years, crimes never expire. Nor are they forgotten.
Members of the notorious so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), who waged a campaign of terror in Kosovo and Metohija for many years, especially against the Serbian population (in 1999 the KLA had approximately 20,000 armed men) continue to roam the southern province today wearing different badges and under different names, doing everything possible to achieve their grand dream - an independent, Albanian Kosovo.
Searching for sources and examples of this evil, the reporters of "Novosti" recently discovered a horrific photograph, the best possible illustration of the bloody feasts of KLA members.
On the large photograph, we see three KLA members in uniform. The oldest, the one in the middle with the toothy grin, is holding a severed human head in his right hand and the larger head of a younger man in his left hand.
Two severed human heads in two hands covered with blood!
Murderers' Bloody Feast
Is it possible to reconstruct this crime?
Exposing themselves to the possible risks that investigations of this sort entail, the journalists of "Novosti", after some days of searching and cross-referencing facts from multiple sources, arrived at information that enabled them to "revisit" this case with relative reliability and "revive" this photograph of a horrible scene.
THE PLAYERS: The Albanian in the middle of the victory celebration is Sadik Cuflaj, KLA member from the Decani area.
The young man to his left is his son Valon Cuflaj, born in April 1981 in the village of Prilep, municipality of Decani. He has an UNMIK identity card and is now a member of the Kosovo Protection Corps with the rank of lieutenant. He works in the inspector's office in Pec. UNMIK has taken disciplinary measures against him on two occasions.
It is assumed that these murderers belonged to one of the units commanded by Ramush and Daut Haradinaj, which operated in the zone of Decani - Pec.
With great caution and piety, after cross-checking, our reporters were led to the assumption that the visible human head on the right is the head of Bojan Cvetkovic, born in Nis in 1972. A comparison with a photograph published in the book "Junaci otadzbine" [Heroes of the Fatherland] also leads us to the same assumption.
Still in Uniform
THE LOCATION: Bojan Cvetkovic, a sales clerk from Nis, volunteered for duty [in the Yugoslav Army] after the aggression of NATO forces against our country. At the beginning of April 1999 he was recruited to the Pristina Corps and joined its 549th Motorized Unit.
His days as a soldier were few. On April 11 he was abducted by members of the vicious KLA on the Prizren - Pristina road near Suva Reka.
Four other soldiers were captured at the same time: Zarko Filipovic, Dragoljub Tanaskovic, Dragan Vucetic and Zivota Topalovic.
All five men disappeared on that day.
THE CRIME: The dreadful question presents itself whether all five Serbian soldiers were killed on the same day, and in the same fashion.
Another photograph reveals a horrific spectacle: Sadik Cuflaj is placing one of the severed heads in a large bag!
Is the bag full of the heads of young Serbian men?
This story and these photographs are just a small part of the crimes by ethnic Albanians committed by members of the so-called Liberation Army.
Today these same men wear the uniforms of the Protection Corps (approximately 5,000 members of the former KLA are in the Corps), establishing "multiethnic order" in devastated Kosovo.
Thus, they are protected by the international community. Thus, all their crimes have been forgiven. Thus, their wartime leaders and their commanders, now dressed in elegant uniforms, can travel to the capitals of the world and participate in roundtable discussions where they supposedly discuss peace.
Will anyone, the people in UNMIK, for example, recognize if not the severed head of young Bojan Cvetkovic, then the bloody hands of Sadik Cuflaj and his son, and bring them in for questioning? Will they hold them accountable or bring them into a courtroom to face justice? There is little chance of it - but we shall see.
In publishing these difficult, tragic and graphic photographs, the editors of "Novosti" seek only to demonstrate the full brutality of the violence and crimes committed by ethnic Albanian terrorists in Kosovo and that both the criminals and the victims can be recognized in the photographs. Perhaps the publication of these photographs will help provide new information about victims of KLA terrorists.
We wish to extend our apologies to the Cvetkovic family for publication of assumptions and these comparisons, as well as to our readers who were subjected to these graphic photographs.
Testimonial of a Serb woman kidnapped by the KLA
Tell Serbs What Awaits Them
"For as long as I live I will remember what the Albanians did to me and my colleague, Zorica Stevanovic." With these words Slavica Vuksanovic (40) of Strpce began her testimonial for "Novosti". They were kidnapped by members of the KLA from a breadline in the center of Gnjilane and tortured for four days and nights. They fled with the assistance of an Albanian neighbor. A mass grave was later found in the area of the building where they were tortured
by Dragana ZECEVIC
Vecernje Novosti, Belgrade, Serbia, Serbia-Montenegro, November 11, 2003
They were kidnapped by members of the KLA from a breadline in the center of Gnjilane and tortured for four days and nights. They fled with the assistance of an Albanian neighbor. A mass grave was later found in the area of the building where they were tortured.
"For as long as I live I will remember what the Albanians did to me and my colleague, Zorica Stevanovic." With these words Slavica Vuksanovic (40) of Strpce began her testimonial for "Novosti". "The only thing I find hard to believe is that we are still alive."
A long, painful pause as she recalls the torture the two women survived at the end of war operations in Kosovo and Metohija. They believed, said Slavica, that the war was over. That all the bad things had passed. However, for them real hell ensued after the signing of the peace agreement.
"Believing that we were safe after the deployment of KFOR and UNMIK, we went to the bakery to buy bread," testifies Slavica. "It was June 23, 1999. It was in the afternoon, streets were busy with people. Very few Serbs remained; however, the remaining Serbs concentrated in the center. We stood in a line and waited. After a few minutes, five Albanian men approached us. All of them wore camouflage uniforms with the KLA insignia. We immediately recognized two former policemen among them, one of whom was a neighbor of ours. Without explanation, they put tape over our mouths and dragged us out of the line. They pushed us into a car and drove us to a building in the Gavran settlement, which housed refugees from Bosnia. That is where the hell we were subjected to for the next four days and nights began.
The kidnapped women were transferred from the building in Gnjilane, where they were kept until nightfall, to another building not far from Dobrosin, at the location called Ugljare. The building, Slavica remembers, had a ground floor and two additional floors. All the rooms in the building had been transformed into torture chambers for Serbs who had probably also been abducted.
"Screams and cries could be heard from every corner. There were numerous KLA members in the buildings. They took us to some sort of a dark basement. We could not see the faces clearly but we understood that there were quite a few other victims in the same room. Their sighs and cries could be heard from all sides. Upon our arrival, we were beaten the most by a woman. She struck us with boots and sticks, pulling our hair... She demanded that we tell her where our army was, where the weapons were hidden, where Arkan was," continued Slavica.
"After a brief pause the men joined in and they resumed beating us. Every question, whether there was an answer or not, was accompanied by increasingly stronger blows. Although they did not strike us in the face, our bodies and hands were covered with bruises, swellings, cuts. Our bruised hands were placed in a basin with water and then the whole thing would start all over again."
As if to spite herself by remembering the hell she survived, Slavica's voice grows louder and louder. She explains that after the first beating they took them to rooms on the second floor. Both of them were tied to the radiator in their own rooms. Between beatings they heard cries for help of other prisoners in the building. She says that she was not aware for some time that there was a window behind her through which she managed, gathering the last atoms of strength, to peer in hopes of rescue. She saw KFOR soldiers passing next to the building, exchanging greetings with the Albanians. She claims that it was more than obvious that they were aware of what was going on in the building.
The torture continued for four days and nights. They got no food. They were forced to drink water from the basin where they placed their bruised hands. On the fourth night, at about midnight, the Albanian neighbor whom they had recognized in Gnjilane told them to flee because there would be executions that night. With his assistance, they left the building and Albanians drove them in the direction of Lucane in a car, which they assume he provided.
"I assume it was after midnight when they left us in the middle of a forest. One of the two Albanians told them upon parting: 'Now go and tell the Serbs what awaits them if they come back,'" Slavica recalls.
Frightened, severely beaten and exhausted, the unfortunate women somehow managed to get to Bujanovac. They walked for hours before finally arriving at a police station, where they were received.
Although the signs of abuse have almost disappeared from their bodies, the scars will remain as long as they live. Because the memories of the torture hurt them just as much, they tell us, as the torture they experienced. Nevertheless, they are lucky to have survived and to be able to testify regarding the crimes of the Albanians, which many of the other prisoners, unfortunately, did not survive.
Zorica told many reporters of the suffering she had survived. However, at first journalists did not believe that she had been imprisoned by the KLA. In order to convince them, Slavica sent them all to Niska Topaonica, which has complete documentation regarding her medical condition and where she continues to see physicians once a month.
A mass grave has been discovered in the area of the building where Slavica and her colleague were tortured with the human remains of 14 murdered Serbs. Some of them had been identified as early as August 1999. According to our sources, the bodies were those of Stojan Pekic (60), Slobodan Marinkovic, Slobodan Stevic, Zoran (33) and Djordje Zdravkovic (57) and Dragan Tomic (23). Also identified later were the human remains of Djemo Zuluj, Ljubisa Piric and Mirko Jovic, while the identification of others has not been completed yet. All the murdered Serbs disappeared during July 1999.
After providing them with emergency medical treatment and their first meal in four days, the police took the unfortunate women to Nis. Their broken bones were x-rayed and they were provided with necessary medical treatment; however, they were not admitted to hospital due to the fact that their documents were in Gnjilane. After recuperating sufficiently at a relative's in Nis to be able to travel, they went to Zorica's brother in Pancevo, where they were admitted to the hospital for treatment. From there they parted ways; Slavica returned to her parents in Strpce and Zorica remained in Pancevo.
79 households from the villages of Bica and Grabac near Klina to head for Serbia proper a second time despite their newly built houses
WE HAVE BEEN DECEIVED ONCE AGAIN
by D. DAMJANOVIC and I. RADULOVIC
Vecernje Novosti, Belgrade, Serbia, Serbia-Montenegro, November 15, 2004
KLINA - Approximately 100 people from 45 households in the village of Bica near Klina and 39 from nearby Grabac are packing their things in preparation for a second collective departure from Kosovo to Serbia proper.
"When we returned here two years ago, we received many promises, almost none of which have been kept. Except for newly built houses on the foundations of our old ones, we have received little else. And we have less safety than anything else. The village has come under gunfire repeatedly, we live in a completely Albanian environment, and without the protection of the Italian soldiers who escort us we do not dare leave the village. Another big problem for us is that we have been largely forgotten," Stojan Doncic of Bicha tells "Novosti" and continues:
"Most of the younger people have already evacuated their children to Serbia proper. All that remains is a few old people whom we have left food so they can survive. While the Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija was operational, we received humanitarian aid once a month. Now those responsibilities have been transferred to the government and the aid is not arriving. On the feast of St. Demetrios (Nov. 8) we conveyed our disappointment and bitterness to representatives of UNMIK and Kfor, and the administration of Klina municipality, and we announced our collective departure.
The situation is hardly better in neighboring Grabac.
"Our biggest problem is heating fuel. Even if we had money we could not purchase it because those Albanians who would be willing to sell to us dare not do so because of their extremist compatriots. We have barely enough food left for the next few days. We have firmly decided that if Bica leaves, we go with them. We have to get back to Serbia proper. We know that once there we will end up in collective [refugee] centers. But at least we won't die of cold and hunger there," says Radonja Magic, representative of the village of Grabac.
The return to Bica and Grabac two years ago was hailed as a pilot program for the return of displaced persons to Kosovo and Metohija. Apparently, it has failed the first test because it appears that the 79 homes that have been rebuilt here are going to be left empty. No one living in them had a job. They did not dare to farm their own land and even less to venture into their own nearby woods to fetch firewood.
What a shame
Local residents of these two villages, which survived exclusively on humanitarian aid, received the following per month per family: 10 cans, flour, oil, beans, occasionally rice and pasta. And many, many promises that were not kept. "If we had continued to receive the same in aid, we would have managed with all other problems and threats because the Italians took good care of us. The way it turned out is a shame!" says Stojan Doncic.
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