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Posted on 07/11/2004 5:54:43 AM PDT by CPC
THREE ALBANIAN AMERICANS FOUND IN A MASS GRAVE IN SERBIA
Ossining, New York, July 14, 2001The story leading up to the discovery of documents on the bodies of Agron, Mehmet, and Ylli Bytyqi in a mass grave in Petrovo Selo, Serbia, began on July 2, when the Albanian American Civic League held a book signing and reception in Yonkers, New York, in honor of General Wesley Clark, NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe for the critical role that he played in putting a stop to Slobodan Milosevics decade-long genocidal march across Southeast Europe.
During the question-and-answer session that followed General Clarks address to the 400 people in attendance, members of the Atlantic Battalion (Albanian Americans who fought with the Kosova Liberation Army) appealed to General Clark for help in determining the fate of the missing brothers, who had disappeared without a trace at the end of the war. General Clark promised to initiate an investigation by phoning U.S. Ambassador William Montgomery in Belgrade, which he did on July 3.
On July 4, former Congressman and Civic League chairman Joe DioGuardi received a phone call from Vladimir Radomirovic, an editor at the Serbian Democratic opposition paper, The Reporter. Radomirovic explained that one of the Serbian ministries had leaked him information that a mass grave had been uncovered in Petrovo Selo and that the Bytyqi brothers were believed to be among the bodies. The three were found at the top of a heap of thirteen other bodies. They were the only ones who were blindfolded, their hands tied behind their backs with wire. The bullet holes in their chests indicated that they had been shot at close range. A Serbian court document, dated June 27, 1999, and listing the names of the Bytyqi brothers, was found on one of the bodies. It indicated that Agron, Mehmet, and Ylli Bytyqi had been sentenced to fifteen days in the Proluplje penitentiary, just north of Kosova, for entering Serbia illegally.
Radomirovic told Joe DioGuardi the incredible story of how the Bytyqi brothers ended up in Serbia and eventually were murdered by Serbian authorities. At the end of the war, in June 1999, Agron, Mehmet, and Ylli traveled from Albania to Prizren, having heard reports that their mother, Bahrije, sister, Bukerje, and brother, Fatos, had been killed. But when they arrived in Prizren, they were overjoyed to find them alive.
According to Radomirovic, they learned that their mothers Roma neighbors-- Miroslav
Mitrovic and Ljubija and Vadzit Minushihad helped protect her, their sister, and their brother during the war. When they met Miroslav Mitrovic and the Minushis, they implored the Bytyqi brothers to escort them to the Serbian border. Because so many Roma had collaborated with the Serbs during the war and were now potential targets for reprisal killings, they were afraid for their lives.
Grateful for what they had done for their family, Agron, Mehmet, and Ylli agreed to help them, and on the morning of June 26 they left Prizren by car and headed for the Serbian border. According to Miroslav Mitrovic, the fateful moment came when they accidentally crossed the border. At a Serbian police checkpoint in the village of Merdare near Podujevo, their Roma neighbors were cleared to enter Serbia, while the Bytyqi brothers were arrested, taken to a court in Kursumlija, tried, and sentenced to fifteen days in prison for entering Serbia without visas.
According to the Humanitarian Law Center in Belgrade, which has called on the Serbian Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Justice to reveal the truth about the Bytyqi case, Agron, Mehmet, and Ylli were interrogated at the Prokuplje prison by Zoran Stankovic, a local police inspector in charge of cases involving "foreign nationals." Stankovic told the prisons warden that he would release the brothers on July 8, four days before their sentence expired. On that day, prison logs indicate that their belongings were returned, including three Kosova Liberation Army nametags, and that at noon they were escorted out of the prison by two plainclothes policemen. An hour after they left, one of the Roma neighbors they had helped, Miroslav Mitrovic, arrived at the prison to visit them, only to learn that the brothers were allegedly en route to the Kosova border. Agron, Mehmet, and Ylli were never seen again. The Law Center appealed to the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs for information concerning their whereabouts several times in the fall of 1999, but received no response.
Vladimir Radomirovics story was picked up by Tony Mills of The Times of London, who then sent a correspondent to Serbia to follow the trail (his story will be released on July 15). By the time that Mills phoned Joe DioGuardi, Joe had contacted the U.S. mission in Belgrade, Congressman Ben Gilman, who subsequently put pressure on the Bush administration to pursue the story, and the State Department. As a result, U.S. officials in Belgrade began an investigation and transmitted as much information as they could obtain to the State Department. On July 12, Joe DioGuardi and the Civic Leagues Balkan Affairs Adviser Shirley Cloyes met with State Department officials and urged them to immediately contact Ahmet Bytyqi, the father of the three brothers, who lives in New York, because they did not want him to learn about the fate of his sons in the press. The State Department assured them that their Consular Affairs Bureau, following existing protocols related to U.S. citizens who disappear abroad, would do so immediately. Meanwhile, DioGuardi phoned the elder Bytyqi to say that he would do everything possible to uncover the truth. DioGuardi also called Arber Muriqi, the head of the Atlantic Battalion, to inform him about the results of the investigation into the Bytyqis disappearance.
It will take several days, and perhaps weeks, before forensic evidence verifies the identity of the bodies. But in the interim, this tragedy raises several questions about whether the new Serbian government of Vojislav Kostunica, in an effort to ensure that Serbia would be granted large sums of foreign aid, concealed evidence from the public, from the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, and from nongovernmental organizations working to determine the fate of the missing. The tragedy also highlights the stain on the West for failing to use its leverage to secure the release of the Albanian prisoners of war, who were illegally transported to Serbia in violation of the Geneva Conventions in June 1999.
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blast from the past for a reminder. who said that the KLA werent involved with drugs or with Usama BL?
Joe DioGuardi was in Southern Serbia on the 9th July meeting with Albanian Seperatists there. Sure would have liked to be a "fly on the wall" at that meeting!
"Joseph DioGuardi Meets With Albanian Separatists In South Serbia
July 9, 2004
DioGuardi talks to Albanian officials
GNJILANE Former US Congressman Joseph DioGuardi met with Albanian leaders in Southern Serbia today.
DioGuardi met with officials from Democratic Albanian organizations and advised them to work together in order to better their situation.
DioGuardi is known as a vehement supporter of the Albanian community in Serbia and has planned to get one million signatures onto a petition for Kosovo to be recognized as an independent region.
After serving his term in congress, DioGuardi dedicated himself to dealing with the situation of Albanians in the former Yugoslavia and is also a lobbyist for of the Albanian-American Civic League."
There's really no point in dredging up an article that's 4 years old (at least), other than to spew more anti-muslim hate by the same old tired people, who add NOTHING to any conservative conversations (after all, this IS a conservative site), just more vile and hate... Does this thread really need to stay? I can see if they post this as part of another thread, fine, but to start a new one??? Thanks
I didn't have time to read the article... were they ok?
The post did answer one question. I've always been puzzled about what number of dead bodies constituted a "mass" grave. I had no idea that three dead bodies qualified as a mass grave.
The Serb defensive reactionary force stood their line and the three brothers met allah, prematurely I assume. But, 3 less terrorists on this earth. Additionaly, 3 male albanians and how they breeed, eliminated more than 3..maybe 12 future islamic terrorists were prevented from being created.
How about this great piece of work? You will run off and tell, wont you like a whining lil girl you are?
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Since Apr 29, 2003
Guess Whorllywood will have to go back and change a few hundred scripts written as the Serbs as the bad guys...
oh well...its only
didactic entertainment propaganda anyway...
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Wow, never returned? I guess Allah (Satan) approve of their work! Allahu Fubar!
" They were sent to Allah for an early entrance interview and never returned."
We should care why???
Madeline Albright loved to report that she got daily briefings from the head of the KLA every morning of the war. Not a single member of the news media asked why she conferred daily with the head of an organization that was still on the government's list of terrorists. PS: he was really cute.
Guess they thought they were just going on a vacation...that involved shooting some Serbs, of course.
They figured wrong, Serbs defended their land and did shoot live rounds, not splatball paintballs.
George W. Bush will be reelected by a margin of at least ten per cent
Ths post is not about hate...but about terrorists shipping weapons from this country to be used in killing innocent Serbian Christians every day.
BTW The Albanian klans in this country are supporting the Kerry kaln.
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