Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Serbia To Launch War Crimes Probe After Argentina Arrest

BELGRADE (AP)--Serbia announced Tuesday it was launching a war crimes investigation into the activities of a Serbian paramilitary officer arrested in Argentina last week.

Bruno Vekaric, spokesman for Serbia's war crimes prosecutor's office, said Nebojsa Minic, 40, a former member of a notorious Serb paramilitary group, is suspected of taking part in the execution of civilians in Kosovo during the province's 1998-99 war.

Vekaric said the office has launched an investigation into allegations that Minic participated in the slaying of an ethnic Albanian family in the village of Cuska in western Kosovo in 1999.

The investigation could lead to another one by a war crimes court and possible formal charges against Minic. He isn't wanted by the U.N. war crimes court in The Hague, Netherlands.

Minic was arrested last week by Argentinian authorities in the western city of Mendoza following a tip from the U.S.-based Human Right Watch. Police had followed Minic for three months before the arrest.

Argentinian authorities detained Minic on charges of illegal entry and forged papers. A war crimes investigation in Belgrade would probably lead to an extradition demand by the Serbian authorities.

Minic was identified by a Belgrade-based group, the Humanitarian Law Fund, as a suspect in scores of murders committed by Serb paramilitaries in Kosovo.

According to the group, Minic was known as "Commander Death" in the western Kosovo town of Pec. The organization had said they had reliable evidence that Minic took part in the slayings. The Human Rights Watch apparently had similar information, the group said.

It wasn't clear when Minic fled. Serb forces under former President Slobodan Milosevic cracked down on Kosovo's majority ethnic Albanians in 1998-99 to suppress a separatist rebellion.

Thousands of people, mostly ethnic Albanians, were killed in the crackdown. The brutality of the Serb troops prompted the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to bomb Serbia for 78 days in 1999 to force Milosevic to pull out his troops from Kosovo and relinquish control to the U.N. and NATO.

Kosovo has since been run by the U.N. and NATO peacekeepers although it remains officially part of Serbia-Montenegro. [ 31-05-05 1121GMT ]

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a joke. The crimes and the evidence and the witnesses and this person's name have been known for over 5 years, but the Serbs took no action. Now that he's become internationally known, they are going to START an "investigation". Serbia is morally corrupt.

Anonymous said...

Not only morally corrupt. Their mafia/government is a prime example of how criminals can use and abuse a whole nation, take it to war, murder its neighbours, steal all the savings, and end up blaming it successfully on others depending on the audience. If its the Serbs, blame NATO, if its NATO, blame it on Albanian "terrorists" (made up of kids and mums).

Corruption seems to be the middle name of Serbia in this and past century.

Anonymous said...

There have been some interesting articles on Serb media about the murder of their prime minister. It appears that Kostunica is directly involved with it, together with members of the coordination center for Kosova ( which are Serbs also). From what I've been reading there has been a state capture for more than 15 years there. Milosebiatch and his boys are still in power there.

Anonymous said...

Does this mean sanctions are coming back to Serbia? Will it be like the good old days of waiting in line for bread?

Anonymous said...

Look who is speaking about corruption! You have cleard the situation in your own yard and now you can solve other people's problems,eh? Everything in ALbania is on so high level - you are first competitiors to Sweeden and Norway in Europe:)

Anonymous said...

Ima vas mnogo pametnih i to je sigurno zato sto ste "odrasli"u srbiji i sve znate sta se tamo desava.Nebojsu Minica sam licno upoznao u Juznoj Africi i ,bez znanja ko je i sta je uradio,shvatio sam da je primitivac i prevarant i ca nije pobegao ,zavrsio bi ovde,ukapirao je i zato je na vreme zapalio.Drago mi je da cujem da je najzad uhvacen.Nije vredan toliko pisanja o njemu.

Remo said...

Ima vas mnogo pametnih i to je sigurno zato sto ste "odrasli"u srbiji i sve znate sta se tamo desava.Nebojsu Minica sam licno upoznao u Juznoj Africi i ,bez znanja ko je i sta je uradio,shvatio sam da je primitivac i prevarant i ca nije pobegao ,zavrsio bi ovde,ukapirao je i zato je na vreme zapalio.Drago mi je da cujem da je najzad uhvacen.Nije vredan toliko pisanja o njemu.