How your comrade Hashim Thaci, leader of 'Kosovoa' persecuted, tortured and killed Kosovo Albanians.The evidence is from an anonymous Albanian witness for the prosecution against Milosevic who was too frightened to speak against Thaci in public.http://www.ictytranscripts.org/TrialTranscripts/HTML/transe54/02-06-10-ED.htmlQ. Luz Buzhalla, his house was also burnt; is that correct?A. It is not correct.Q. And is it true they not only burnt his house but that Hashim Thaci drew lines on his chest with knives? He drew different drawings on his chest, using knives. Is that true or not?A. It is not correct.JUDGE MAY: Mr. Witness K6, why, if it's not correct, is it in your statement?THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] May I please remind -- may I remind the witness and ask him questions? I have the right to do so. 6621MR. MILOSEVIC: [Interpretation]Q. Amongst the individuals who --JUDGE MAY: I've asked him a question. I've asked him a question.Yes?THE WITNESS: [Interpretation] Can we go into closed session, please?JUDGE MAY: No. Let's -- go on, Mr. Milosevic. We'll get an explanation due course.MR. MILOSEVIC: [Interpretation]Q. "Among the other people who the KLA beat up were -- other persons beaten by the KLA include Luz Buzhalla from Cerovik who worked as a traffic policeman in Pristina. They burnt his house. They also drew lines on his chest with knives. Hashim Thaci did this. They said to him: `You used to work in the police, and that's what you did to people.'"I'm going to skip over the next portion where it says: "Fortunately from Luz [as interpreted] the journalist Pren Buzhalla from Zadar arrived and Pren was a friend of Rexhep Selimi and saved him from death."I read it in so that you don't accuse me of getting it wrong. And then you go on to say: "There were many such cases, particularly against wealthy people, involving their shops and homes. Their property was burnt and destroyed. This was done by the KLA persons I have mentioned. Sokol 6622 Bashota is from Cerovik. The Selimi brothers have a house near the train station at Klina," and so on and so forth. That is how your statement reads.Is that correct? And that there were much such cases as I quoted from your statement.A. Could we please go into closed session?THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] I object, because this has nothing to do with the witness's identity.JUDGE MAY: Yes.MR. NICE: Your Honour, I can see at the beginning of the next paragraph what may be troubling the witness.[Trial Chamber confers]JUDGE MAY: Witness K6, as you'll appreciate, it is difficult in the extreme to conduct an examination going in and out of private session. We have considered what is appropriate. Now, the only occasion on which a private session is appropriate is if there is any risk of your identity being revealed. We cannot, for the moment, see what is involved in this, but we will allow this as a last occasion to see if there is any risk of your identity being revealed by the answer.We'll go into private session.(Private session)
I'm not defending Thaci or the KLA, but what precisely does this extract from court proceedings actually prove?
You are celebrating the creation of an apartheid state run by racists, fascists and gangsters. Thaci, Ceku and Haradinaj were trained and picked to run Kosovo by Nato, indeed Robin Cook was a big supporter of Haradinaj. The ethnic cleansing of Serbs, Roma, Ashkali etc. went on with the collusion of the Nato dominated UNMIK - Kouchner was a major culprit.If nothing else, this recognition of UDI breaks every international law going, but as we know international law applies only to the little nations, for USA, UK, EU and Nato obey only the law of the jungle.
I wish Serbia and Kosova had negotiated a deal for an autonomy deal for a loose federation. But the denial of autonomy by Milosevic and the later ethnic cleansing in the 1990s meant that the odds were stacked against that being possible. In that situation, independence for Kosova was legitimate (given the "autonomous province's" status in the previous Yugoslav constitution) and inevitable.
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