KLA Ran Torture Camps in Albania
Kukes, Bajram Curri, Tropoja, Kruma, Prizren, Pristina and Tirana | 09 April 2009 | By Altin Raxhimi, Michael Montgomery and Vladimir Karaj
The Kosovo Liberation Army maintained a network of prisons in their bases in Albania and Kosovo during and after the conflict of 1999, eyewitnesses allege. Only now are the details of what occurred there emerging. In a run-down industrial compound with shattered windows and peeling plaster in Kukes, Albania, chickens rummage for food and two trucks sit idle in a courtyard surrounded by rusted warehouses and a crumbling two-story supply building.
In the middle of the compound stands a cinderblock shack that was once the office of a mechanical plant that produced everything from manhole covers to elevator cages.
But, during the NATO bombing of the former Yugoslavia, from March to June 1999, this facility took on another purpose. It was occupied by a guerrilla force, the Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA, as a support base for their operations across the border in Serbian-ruled Kosovo.
But the factory was not merely the headquarters for guerrillas fighting the regime of Slobodan Milosevic to secure the independence of Kosovo from Serbia.
It assumed more sinister purposes: dozens of civilians, mainly Kosovo Albanians suspected of collaboration, but also Serbs and Roma were held captive there, beaten and tortured. Some were killed, their remains never recovered. The men who allegedly directed the abuses were officers of the KLA.
At least 25 people were imprisoned in Kukes, witnesses say. Amongst them were three Kosovo Albanian women. In the camp at least 18 people were killed, while others were later rescued by NATO troops.
It appears that Kukes housed one of a number of secret detention centres in Albania and Kosovo, and that prisoners were transferred from one facility to another.
|Part of the factory in Kukes where people were held captive and tortured|
Even after the NATO interventions, a camp was maintained in Baballoq/Babaloc in Kosovo, holding around 30 Serb and Roma prisoners, whose current whereabouts are unknown. Other camps in Albania may have held Serbs kidnapped in Kosovo after the war, according to four sources.
The names of several alleged perpetrators have been known to UNMIK for some time. One of them is still holding a high position in the Kosovo judiciary, Balkan Insight understands.
Bislim Zyrapi, an official of the Kosovo Interior Ministry, who was responsible for KLA operations in Kukes, told Balkan Insight that there were no people killed, either at the base or outside of it.
Two of the KLA’s former top leaders rejected the allegations in separate interviews with the BBC.
Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, who was then the political director of the KLA, and Agim Ceku, former Prime Minister and former chief of the KLA headquarters, told the BBC they were not aware of any KLA prisons where captives were abused or where civilians were held.
Thaci said he was aware that individuals had “abused KLA uniforms” after the war, but said the KLA had distanced itself from such acts. He added that such abuse was “minimal”. Ceku said that the KLA fought a “clean war”.
However, Jose Pablo Baraybar, the chief of the Office of Missing Persons and Forensics within UNMIK for five years, says: “There were people that are certainly alive that were in Kukes, in that camp, as prisoners. Those people saw other people there, both Albanians and non-Albanians. There were members of the KLA leadership going through that camp. Many names were mentioned, and I would say that that is an established fact.”
Baraybar tracked missing citizens in Kosovo and across the border in Albania.
Karin Limdal, spokeswoman for the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo, EULEX, told Balkan Insight that the mission is aware of the allegations concerning the Kukes case, and that prosecutors are looking at the evidence to see if they can bring indictments.
YELLOW MERCEDES OF DEATH
These grave allegations about the Kukes camp, in the north west of Albania, are based on interviews with several sources: two eyewitnesses – one former inmate and one member of the KLA, records from a cemetery in Albania and UN documents that we have gained access to, which detail the testimonies of people ill-treated in Kukes.
Together, they paint a portrait of a brutal prison regime that is at odds with the claims of former KLA leaders, who say they adhered to international human rights conventions and never detained civilians.
The abuses in Kukes may not have been isolated events. According to former KLA fighters who talked to us, as well as independent testimony provided to UN investigators, the KLA maintained a loose network of at least six secret jails in the dozen or so bases they operated in Albania and the two they had in Kosovo during and after the 1999 war.
Those jails were used for interrogations that routinely included torture, according to sources interviewed for this story.
Most former KLA soldiers we interviewed are proud of their war with the Serbian forces, whose bloody actions forced the mass flight of hundreds of thousands of Kosovo Albanians from their homes in 1999.
But some said they felt shamed by what some KLA commanders and leaders had done under the cover of war.
“It didn’t seem strange at the time,” one former KLA soldier, who witnessed the events, said. “But now, looking back, I know that some of the things that were done to innocent civilians were wrong. But the people who did those things act as if nothing happened, and continue to hurt their own people, Albanians.”
Another eyewitness, a Kosovo Albanian, says he was held at the KLA base in Kukes on the pretext of being a Serbian spy, an allegation he vehemently denies.
This man, who did not wish to be named, described witnessing KLA soldiers abusing and torturing prisoners at the base for weeks, often under the supervision of KLA officers.
“I saw people being beaten, stabbed, hit with batons,” he said. “I saw people left without food for five or six days. I saw coffins being thrown in graves. I’ve seen people killed.”
This man claimed most of the captives held at Kukes were non-combatant civilians, mainly Albanians accused of working for the regime, and some Roma. There were also some KLA soldiers, imprisoned for disciplinary measures……………..
Šaric’s ties to Albanian crime boss explored
22 February 2010 | 10:35 | Source: FoNet, Danas
BELGRADE — Belgrade daily Danas writes that Darko Šaric’s gang in Serbia has ties with the crime group of Antun Stanaj.
Der Super Verbrecher Clan der Lushtakos, Todesschwadronen etc.. hat seinen Sohn direkt beim Fussball Verein 1860 München untergebracht. Deutsche Politker waren gerne behilflich.
Sami Lushtaku, mit seiner Todesschwadron Leibgarde
Im Suff: Sami Lushtaku
Zu diesem Drenica Profi Berufs Mörder Clans gehört auch Sami Lushtaku, der ja sowieso schon ziemlich prominent ist, für jede Art von Verbrechen, bis hin zur billigen Geld Erpressung der Albaner.
Heute auch als Bürgermeister unterwegs!
Lushtaku und Hashim Thaci
Albanische Foren, schreiben über diese Kriminelle “Geci” Bande mit Hashim Thaci
Kampf für ein „ethnisch reines Groß-Albanien“
|Oberst Avdyl Mushkolaj, Führer der UÇK-Veteranen.|
„Vetëvendosje“ verbreitet ein „Manifesto“, in dem die eigenen Grundsätze und Ziele langatmig ausgeführt werden. Diese lassen sich auf wenige Essentials komprimieren. Zum einen sind für diese Radikalen alle Serben ein riesiges Übel – je mehr Schaden man ihnen zufügt, desto besser für die Albaner, für den Balkan, für Europa. Zum zweiten ist die UNMIK „undemokratisch“, „kolonialistisch“, „unerträglich“ – die Kosovaren werden erst aufatmen, wenn sie und alle internationalen „Pseudo-Institutionen“ das Kosovo verlassen. Zum dritten braucht das Kosovo weder „Standards“ noch international geleitete „Status-Verhandlungen“, sondern allein ein „Referendum des Volks von Kosovo“, das der Rest der Welt gefälligst zu respektieren habe. Was dann geschieht, wird nicht erwähnt, ist aber leicht vorstellbar.
Seit etwa 130 Jahren verfolgen die Albaner ihr großes Ziel, das „ethnisch reine “Groß-Albanien“, bestehend aus dem heutigen Albanien, dem Kosovo, den südlichen Regionen Montenegros („Dukagjin“) und Serbiens („Ost-Kosovo“), zwei Dritteln Makedoniens („Ilirida“) und dem ganzen Nordwesten Griechenlands („Camerija“). Fast ebenso lange wird der „internationale Faktor“ gesucht, der den Albanern ihr ersehntes „Groß-Albanien“ als Morgengabe überreicht. Die 1878 entstandene „Liga von Prizren“ erwartete vom Osmanischen Imperium, dass es seine „albanischen Vilajets“ – wie die westbalkanischen Reichsteile bis heute in albanischer Propaganda genannt werden – zu diesem Gebilde zusammenfügen und in die „Freiheit“ entlassen würde. Die Osmanen wurden aber 1912 im Ersten Balkankrieg von den vereinten Balkanvölkern fast völlig aus Europa herausgedrängt. Albaner hatten an dem Krieg nicht teilgenommen, verlangten von der Londoner Friedenskonferenz aber erneut ihr „Groß-Albanien“.
Albanian Secret Service Chief Fatos Klosi in 16.5.1998 in der “Albania” durch den Albanischen Geheimdienst Chef Fatos Klosi: KLA (UCK) is financed by Bin LadenSTEINER: ALBANIAN NATIONAL ARMY IS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION
Financial Infrastructure of Islamic Extremists in the Balkans
siehe auch die Festnahme von Sabrit Geci
Kommentar: Der Vorläufer UCK hat man schon in 1991 durch den PM Fatos Nano u.a. die Nutzung von Militär Krankenhäusern in Nord Albanien gestattet, was dann später auch zur Verbindungen mit Bin Laden Vertreter Baskhim Gazidede führte und den Zweigstellen in Durres und Tirana, um u.a. den Drogen Handel etc. zu organisierten. siehe Mord Bar DRENCIA, welche wegen der Blutrache nach einem Mord in 2009, verkauft wurde, oder die Haradinaj Zweigstelle.
Hotel Rivera, direkt an den Bahngleisen in Skhozet in Richtung Pleba bei Durres. Ein illegal errichtes Gebäude, wo der WFW, Lebensmittel über seine Mafia Truppe in 1999 verteilt. Das Hotel ist auf illegal besetztem Grundstück von den Kosovaren Gangs errichtet, wobei diese Leute, wie es so üblich ist, die Wasser und Strom Leitungen anzapfen.
Hotels der Haradinaj Mafia aus dem Kosovo in der Pista Ilyria, direkt am Militär Grundstück des Albanischen Staatspräsidenten, wo sich auch die CIA Ausbildungs Schule befindet.
In diesen Hotels wurden 1999, die Todes Schwadronen der „Atlantik Brigade“ von Haradinaj trainiert und untergebracht.