Senior Serbian army officers reported for war crimes in Kosovo

Families of the victims of atrocities in the Kosovo village of Rezale have reported to Kosovo's special war crimes prosecutors the Serbian Army Chief-of-Staff, General Ljubisa Dikovic, and his former associate Dejan Randjelovic, Serbian Radio-Television reported on Thursday quoting the media in Pristina.

The two senior officers of the then Yugoslav Army are considered to be responsible for the murder of 41 Albanian civilians on 2 April 1999, the Pristina-based KTV television said.

During the conflicts in Kosovo, Dikovic commanded the Yugoslav Army's 37th Brigade, while Randjelovic commanded the brigade's 2nd Battalion.

Pristina attorney Arijant Koci called on the prosecutors to issue an indictment, saying that there were both witnesses and evidence that "a grave war crime was committed."

The Office of the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor said in November 2015 that an investigation was under way to identify the perpetrators of the crimes that happened in the villages of Rezale and Cirez in Kosovo.

The office said that the investigation was launched after the remains of Albanian civilians, believed to have been killed in Rezale and Cirez, were discovered in a mass grave in Rudnica, in the area of Raska, southern Serbia.

It said that more than 100 witnesses were interviewed in cooperation with EULEX, the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo.

The Humanitarian Law Fund reported that the remains of 27 victims, killed in Rezale, were discovered in the mass grave in Rudnica.

Last update: Thu, 26/05/2016 - 14:03
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