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Judge Refuses to Allow Further Cross-Examination [BalkanFront Freep!!!]
Blic, Belgrade ^ | March 9, 2002

Posted on 03/09/2002 12:33:08 PM PST by Banat

Judge May Refuses Miloshevich’s Request to Have Kadriu Cross-Examined!

The Hague (Tanjug) – The continuation of the latest round of hearings, which commenced yesterday, suffered many interruptions by Judge Richard May today. At one point, the Judge intervened and warned the witness, as well as the defendant, “This is not a political manifestation but a trial”.

Mr. Miloshevich cross-examined Sabit Kadriu, who claimed the Serbs did not flee Albanian violence but were "searching for a better life" outside of Kosovo & Metohia and that they were "selling their farms and estates to Albanians at steep prices". The witness claimed that he had no knowledge as to how many Serbs had fled the province and that the “regime” in Belgrade caused and then manipulated this situation.

Mr. Miloshevich told the court that Albanian separatists persistently refused the Government’s proposal for the return of Albanian professors and students to state schools, while the witness claimed that, every September, when the school year traditionally starts, the Serbian government “prevented the Albanians” from enrolling.

Countering the witness’ claim that the “Serbian regime organized the return of the expelled Serbs back to Kosovo & Metohia in order to change the demographics”, Mr. Miloshevich said that of all the expelled Serbs, only 5,000 returned to their homes, which is, as Mr. Miloshevich said, less than 1% of the total number of Serbs who have been forced out of the province. The prosecution witness also claimed that there were no – and are no – mujahedins in Kosovo & Metohia. Mr. Miloshevich then showed the FBI document, dated December 2001, which clearly indicated that Al-Qaida had been active in Kosovo & Metohia.

Kadriu said that “he knew nothing” about the killings of four policemen in the village of Chirez on March 3, 1998, which, as Mr. Miloshevich said, was the result of a firefight between the Police and the KLA. The Ahmeti family lost their lives in this confrontation, which the witness claimed was a “massacre of unarmed civilians”.

In reference to the witness’ claim of a massacre of the Gerxhaliu family in May 1999, Mr. Miloshevich said that the investigating judge went to the scene immediately after the incident and made a report. The witness characterized this as an “obstruction” on the part of the “Serb forces” and claimed that such things “always occurred” and that “the Serbian police always called the court investigators after they committed crimes.”

The defendant then told the court about the murder of Rexhepi Bairami, an activist and a member of the LDK, the party headed by Ibrahim Rugova, who was killed in Vuchitrn “on the orders of the local KLA commander”. Kadriu then said that “he never heard of any Bairami”.

Mr. Miloshevich then mentioned the fact that, in 1998 alone, 327 loyalist Albanians had been murdered, to which the witness replied that he “did not believe there were any loyalist Albanians” in Kosovo & Metohia. Mr. Miloshevich, in turn, cited Faik Jashari, a member of the Interim Executive Council of Kosovo & Metohia, who had reported that, after the war, some 30,000 Albanians fled to central Serbia together with the expelled Kosovo & Metohia Serbs.

Kadriu described the KLA as a liberation army and stood his ground, claiming the army and the police “conducted an offensive against 27 Albanian villages on Mt. Chichevitsa and murdered 200 civilians and one member of the KLA”.

Mr. Miloshevich then cited Kadriu, who had said earlier that “Adem Jashari was killed when he ran out of ammo”, and asked the witness how he could talk of a “massacre of civilians” when the police first asked Jashari to come out and give himself up, then gave him 2 hours to consider the offer – “during which a number of people had left the compound” – and that soon after, “a hail of bullets, fired from dozens of automatic rifles” came from the house toward the police, to which the police responded in self-defence and, as a consequence, killed 60 people inside the Jashari compound.

At this point Judge Robinson jumped in and remarked that Kadriu wasn’t present at the scene. Kadriu then said that he saw “bodies of dead women, children and elderly people”, that the action against the Jashari compound “lasted three days”, and that it served to paint a “false picture” in the media.

Mr. Miloshevich then cited British Foreign Office reports, dating from early 1999, which revealed that there had been no political persecution of Albanians, but rather a confrontation with “military opponents” – the KLA - who controlled parts of Kosovo & Metohia.

The witness then said that, in 1999, the “Serbian forces had killed 15,000 and expelled 1,000,000 Albanian civilians”.

Mr. Miloshevich responded by asking the witness about the kidnappings and killings of Serbs, the KLA detention centres in the village of Likovats, as well as the makeshift prison in the basement of a general store in Vuchitrn. The witness responded, saying such prisons “did not exist”, and he also denied any killings and kidnappings by the KLA.

The witness denied Mr. Miloshevich’s claim that literally all citizens of Serbian nationality from 39 out of the 45 villages in the Vuchitrn Municipality had been ethnically cleansed and had their houses burned down, saying there “may have been” some “revenge attacks against the Serbs who committed war crimes.”

Alleging that all the Serbs who once lived in the town of Vuchitrn are war criminals, Kadriu acknowledged that there were no more Serbs in that town, and that they fled “of their own free will because they committed war crimes.” Branislav Tapushkovich, one of the amici curiae, reacted, drawing the court’s attention to the contradictions in Kadriu’s testimony.

Mr. Miloshevich protested the court’s decision to limit the time for cross-examination and asked that the cross-examination be continued, which was rejected by Judge May. As a result, the trial will continue on Monday with fresh testimonies from new witnesses.

As the hearing was drawing to a close, the security officers in the courtroom asked Mr. Miloshevich’s legal advisors from Belgrade to leave the room. They had been warned not to “gesticulate and communicate” with Mr. Miloshevich. They later returned to the courtroom.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events

1 posted on 03/09/2002 12:33:08 PM PST by Banat
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To: Banat
Mr. Miloshevich protested the court’s decision to limit the time for cross-examination and asked that the cross-examination be continued, which was rejected by Judge May. As a result, the trial will continue on Monday with fresh testimonies from new witnesses.

This is Internation One World Government Justice at work

So ya all ready for "The New World Order"?

2 posted on 03/09/2002 12:35:19 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Banat
... This is not a political manifestation but a trial ...
No, it's not a trial either. But thank you for playing.
3 posted on 03/09/2002 12:50:43 PM PST by Asclepius
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To: Banat
Unless someone can come up will larger "non-bribe payments to help focus the attention of the decision makers" for the judges in this case, they might just abandon the trial portion of this charade and get right to sentencing ole Slobodon. The "give 'em a fair and impartial trial" before hanging is fine so long as the accused doesn't do too well during the trial. If he does too well, it becomes embarassing and highlights the crookedness of the judges. So, lets dispense with the trial and get directly to imposing the life sentence, that is, unless someone comes up with the bucks for a lesser sentence.
4 posted on 03/09/2002 1:07:38 PM PST by Tacis
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To: Asclepius
They deserve to lose if for no other reason then that their work so far has been very sloppy.
I don't know if he is guilty or not, but the prosecution is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

A. Cricket

5 posted on 03/09/2002 2:01:12 PM PST by another cricket
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To: Banat
“This is not a political manifestation but a trial”

This British judge has to know that it is a political manifestation and not a trial in the proper sense of the word. It is a non-legitimate body of political abduction, it is an accessory after the fact in the NATO crimes of genocide against the civilian population of Yugoslavia and it is an insult to the international community of reasoning people.

It's only pupose is the judicial legitimization of crimes against humanity committed by developed nations on militarily inferior nations of the third world for the purpose of violently seizing the precious natural resources to be found there. The ICTY is a circus of cowards and judicial puppets paid by NATO.

Judge May will eventually render the guilty verdict against Milosevic as it was intended from the beginning then, judge May will quietly go back under his rock in Britain- good riddance

6 posted on 03/10/2002 3:13:09 PM PST by Stay'n Alive
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To: Banat
Alex, I'll take "History" for $200:

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

The more things change ...

7 posted on 03/10/2002 3:32:47 PM PST by mpoulin
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