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Kosova Daily Report #1592, 98-10-24

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From: Kosova Information Center <http://www.kosova.com/>

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1592
Prishtina, 24 October 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Serb Police Shoots and Wounds Albanian Teenager Today
  • [02] Serb Military Withdraws from Tabet e Llapashtic&s, Podujeva Area
  • [03] Serb Forces Target Albanian Villages in Klina and Malisheva Areas
  • [04] Serb Officers Occupy Children's Resort at Nashec, Prizren
  • [05] Serb Forces Beefed up in Kosova-Albania Border Area
  • [06] Albanians Illtreated in Serb Police Roadblock in Vushtrri Area
  • [07] Unidentified Body Found in Oshlan Village of Vushtrri
  • [08] Serb Court in Peja Sentences Five Kosovar Albanians to Total of 14 Years in Prison
  • [09] LDK Activists of Gjilan to Another Month in Custody

  • [01] Serb Police Shoots and Wounds Albanian Teenager Today

    PRISHTINA, Oct 24 (KIC) - Serbian police shot at and wounded Zymber Buazku (18) at T&rdevc village of Gllogovc at noon today (Saturday), the Prishtina- based Council for the Defense of Human 2Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) reported.

    The Albanian teenager received life-threatening gunshot wounds in his own woods at T&rdevc, where he had gone to fetch firewood. He was shot three times in his head and the chest.

    Local activists said they pressed for the International Red Cross to go to the Alb

    [02] Serb Military Withdraws from Tabet e Llapashtic&s, Podujeva Area

    PRISHTINA, Oct 24 (KIC) - Heavy Serbian military forces withdraw today morning from their position in the villages of the northeastern municipality of Podujeva.

    LDK sources in Podujeva said a convoy of over 60 tanks and other military vehicles pulled out from the location called "Tabet e Llapashtic&s" (a couple of km west of the town of Podujeva), and headed towards Prishtina.

    Serb military tanks stationed at Lup^, along the Prishtina-Podujeva roadway, have been pulled out, too.

    The Serbian military was stationed at "Tabet e Llapashtic&s", a strategic point between the villages of Llapashtic& and Obran^&, two months ago. Last week, these forces withdraw to Serbia, to be only redeployed on Monday in the same location!

    Serb police forces patrolled all entry-exit routes to-from Podujeva today, halting and routinely harassing citizens. At midday, a number of shops were entered by police, and customers had their identity checked, sources said.

    A team of foreign observers toured Podujeva today. They went to the village of Llapashtic&, from where Serb forces had withdrawn earlier in the day. anian youth's aid.

    [03] Serb Forces Target Albanian Villages in Klina and Malisheva Areas

    14 Albanian villagers in Serb custody since 3 September

    PRISHTINA, Oct (KIC) - For an hour on Thursday, from 23:00 through 24:00, Serb forces fired into the villages of Volljak& village of Klina and Panorc and Llap^ev& village of Malisheva, the LDK chapter in Klina said.

    Heavy Serb military and police forces have been deployed at "Pishat e Volljakut", sources said.

    Meanwhile, LDK sources said 14 civilian Albanians, residents of the village of Sferk&, continue being held in a Serb jail in Lipjan.

    They were arrested on 3 September, LDK sources in Klina said.

    The house and local privat clinic in Klina whose proprietor is Dr. Uk& Berisha, member of the Parliament of Kosova, and a senior member of the Albanian Christian Democratic Party of Kosova (PSHDK) was raided and looted by unknown persons on 20 October.

    Medical equipment worth over 30,000 DM was looted in the clinic, whereas Berisha's house was looted for a second time that day, LDK sources said.

    [04] Serb Officers Occupy Children's Resort at Nashec, Prizren

    PRISHTINA, Oct 24 (KIC) - On Friday, Serb army officers occupied the children' resort at the village of Nashec, municipality of Prizren.

    The keys to the resort will be returned when "conditions to start work have been created", the LDK chapter in Prizren quoted the Serb officers as saying.

    [05] Serb Forces Beefed up in Kosova-Albania Border Area

    A Serb police outpost is being erected at Zym

    PRISHTINA, Oct 24 (KIC) - Serbian military forces have been stepping up their presence in the Kosova- Albania border area, local sources said.

    Serb troops have been holding the Albanian population of the Has region under a tight grip, the LDK chapter in Prizren said.

    Serb forces have been increasingly moving in the direction of the villages of Kushnin, Zym and other communities in the area.

    Serbs have been erecting a Serb police outpost in the village of Zym for several days now. A building is being reconstructed there, too, which will reportedly serve as a housing unit for the police, the LDK chapter in Prizren said.

    [06] Albanians Illtreated in Serb Police Roadblock in Vushtrri Area

    PRISHTINA, Oct 24 (KIC) - Serb forces deployed an armored vehicle at the crossroads of the villages of Smrekonic&, Bajsk& and Pasom&, today morning. Albanians were being stopped, checked, and routinely illtreated, LDK sources in Vushtrri ('Vucitrn') said.

    [07] Unidentified Body Found in Oshlan Village of Vushtrri

    He was probably killed during Serb offensive last month

    PRISHTINA, Oct 24 (KIC) - The virtually decomposed body of a man, probably around 60 years of age, was found yesterday in the woods of the village of Oshlan, municipality of Vushtrri, local LDK sources said.

    The still unidentified dead man was wearing blue worker's uniform.

    He is presumed to be an Albanian killed late last month, when Serb forces embarked on a huge offensive against the area around ^i^avica mountains.

    [08] Serb Court in Peja Sentences Five Kosovar Albanians to Total of 14 Years in Prison

    Five Citizens of Albania were sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment by the same court

    PRISHTINA, Oct 24 (KIC) - The Serb-run District Court in Peja sentenced Friday five Kosovar Albanians to 14 years in prison. They faced Serb regime charges for alleged "hostile activity and terrorism".

    The LDK chapter in Peja said the following Albanians were sentenced on Friday in the town court: Gasper Selmanaj (22), from Radullofc of Klina, sentenced to five years; Martin Gj. Zefaj (19) from Ranoc of Klina, sentenced to 2.1/2 years, Filip P. Pjetri (28) from Polana of Istog to 2.1/2 years; Arif X. Ahmeti (61) from Batusha of Gjakova, to 2 years; Sadik A. Aradini (23) from Lybeniq of Peja to 2 years in prison.

    Serb court authorities have launched a large-scale campaign of prosecution of many Kosovar Albanians suspected for membership with the Liberation Army of Kosova (U^K), or for having harbored and supported U^K members.

    The Peja court has instituted court proceedings against at least 1,060 Albanians, according to Serb media.

    The LDK chapter in Peja said that five citizens of Albania charged with "illegal crossing of the border and smuggling arms into Kosova", were sentenced to a total of 15 years of imprisonment on 22 October. They will serve their prison terms in a jail in the town.

    [09] LDK Activists of Gjilan to Another Month in Custody

    LDK branch deputy leader, Lutfi Haziri, severely illtreated while in Serb custody

    PRISHTINA, Oct 24 (KIC) - A Serb judge in Gjilan, Novica Stoilkovic, announced on Friday that the District Court in the town had decided to extend the pre-trail detention for half a dozen LDK activists to an additional month.

    The LDK activists of Gjilan, including Lutfi Haziri, vice-chairman of the branch in the town, and Nexhat Bunjaku (1971), Ismet Hashani (1962), Ibrahim Uru^i (1968), Ekrem Qerimi (1962), Tajar Berisha (1954), were arrested on 15 October, when heavy Serb forces raided their homes in early morning hours.

    Sources in the Serb court in Gjilan said that criminal proceedings have been instituted against another 20 Albanians from the area: Naim Hasani, Bekim Zylfi, Nehat Ibrahimi, Fatmir Salihu, Sk&nder Bunjaku, Fadil Kajtazi, Naser Latifi, Shk&lzen Elmazi, Naim Behluli, Ali Jahiu, Avni Kamberi, Nexhmedin Azizi, Nazmi Musa, Nijazi Idrizi, Ramiz Ramadani, Sadik Berisha, Nevxhet Haziri, Bujar Zymberi, Qani Hidiqi and Rashit Ymerit. Some are reported in custody, some others still in flight.

    The defending lawyers of Lutfi Haziri, vice-chairman of the Gjilan LDK branch, warned earlier this week that their client was subjected to brutal torture while in custody, during interrogation which is supposed to be part of the investigating procedures.

    Haziri has suffered severe body injuries, the lawyers said, and appealed on the court to ensure that he be treated by doctors and be examined in the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Prishtina.

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