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Kosova Daily Report #1601, 98-11-02

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From: Kosova Information Center <http://www.kosova.com/>

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1601
Prishtina, 2 November 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Serb Forces Repositioning, Harassing Albanian Returnees
  • [02] Malisheva LDK Leaders Still in U^K Custody
  • [03] LDK Condemns Arrest, Calls for Immediate Release of Kastrati and Desku
  • [04] Albanian Reveals Serb Police Pattern of Torture
  • [05] Serb Military and Police Shell Jabllanic& Village of Gjakova
  • [06] Serb Regime Court Sentences Four Albanians Sentenced to 5 1/2 Years Imprisonment
  • [07] Albanian Killed in Unsolved Circumstances in Podujeva Area
  • [08] Police Brutalizes Two Albanians in Mitrovica

  • [01] Serb Forces Repositioning, Harassing Albanian Returnees

    PRISHTINA, Nov 2 (KIC) - Sources in many Kosova municipalities said Serb forces have been repositioning and regrouping, but not leaving the area. Moreover, in some areas the Serb presence is almost the same as one month ago. Serb forces take pains, though, to avoid being seen by foreign observers.

    Malisheva: The local LDK Information Commission reported increased Serb troop movements in the town of Malisheva and the surrounding villages.

    Heavy Serb forces backed with artillery and armored vehicles, positioned at a location called "Pishat e Llazic&s" (Lazica pinewood), have been intimidating the local population and preventing the uprooted Albanians from returning to their villages.

    Lipjan: Fresh Serb troops backed up by heavy armament have been deployed over the past few days at Lipovica holiday resort. A resident of V&rshec village told the KIC that Serb police patrols moving continuously on the 12 kilometer Magura-Shala roadway have been harassing the local population and the returning refuges. The V&rshec village was almost completely razed, with only a couple of houses having survived the shelling in late summer.

    Klina: Serb forces have been further digging in and camouflaging around Albanian communities in Klina municipality, local sources said.

    A local LDK activist in Sferka village told the KIC today that additional Serb troops backed up by heavy armament were deployed around the Volljaka bauxite mines. From 19:00 through 21:00 last night, Serb forces manning a couple of posts there sprayed the outlying villages with machine-gun fire, he said.

    He noted that last Friday four villagers of Sferka - Bislim Kolludra, Isa Kolludra, Fatmir Kolludra and Agron Kolludra - were prevented from entering into their village. Serb forces opened fire in their direction when they tried to go back to their homes.

    Istog: Serb policemen manning several checkpoints and patrols in the area have been harassing and intimidating the local Albanian population, the LDK chapter in Istog.

    A large number of Serb troops who retreated from the Dubrava penitentiary have been garrisoned in the buildings of an old police station at Rakosh.

    At least 30 Serb policemen have been garrisoned in the schoolhouse in Lubozhda village. The Serb policemen, during the evening hours in particular, have been brutalizing the local Albanian population.

    Uk& Balaj and Bajram Bajramaj, from Lluga village, and Nimon Gashi from Prigoda, were brutally beaten by the Serb police when passed along the school.

    Around 150 Serb policemen and members of paramilitary gangs have been garrisoned in the premises of the "Buducnost" agricultural cooperative in Gjurakovc, the LDK chapter said.

    [02] Malisheva LDK Leaders Still in U^K Custody

    PRISHTINA, Nov 2 (KIC) - Jakup Kastrati, chairman, and Cen Desku, member of the LDK chapter presidency in Malisheva are being held under U^K arrest.

    The local LDK leaders were arrested on 30 October, but there has been no explanation yet on the motive for their arrest and why they continue being in U^K custody.

    The local Albanian population in the municipality of Malisheva is outraged by this move on the behalf of the U^K, the local LDK sources said.

    The families of Mr Kastrati and Mr. Desku are fearful about their fate, they added.

    [03] LDK Condemns Arrest, Calls for Immediate Release of Kastrati and Desku

    PRISHTINA, Nov 2 (KIC) - The Presidency of the Democratic League of Kosova (LDK), President Ibrahim Rugova's party, received with indignation the news on the arrest by an U^K (Kosova Liberation Army) group of two local LDK leaders in Malisheva, Jakup Kastrati and Cen Desku, who were engaged in their political activities when this happened, the LDK said in a statement today.

    The two local LDK officials were arrested in Malisheva on 30 October.

    "Such a move, which is now becoming a common occurrence, is unacceptable, absurd, and damaging", the Presidency of the LDK said.

    It is unacceptable now that a genuine unity of purpose is needed to arrest people and obstruct the political activities of local leaders of such an political forces in the national movement, such as the LDK, the party leadership said. "It only fosters disunity" amongst the Albanians, it added.

    Nobody has the right to obstruct the organized political activities channelled on "the sacred national cause", the LDK said.

    "The LDK Presidency calls for an immediate release of Jakup Kastrati and Cen& Desku, as well as for them to be allowed to freely go on with their political and national activity", the statement of the LDK concluded.

    [04] Albanian Reveals Serb Police Pattern of Torture

    "The police put a stone in my mouth, then started to hit me in the face," told Ali Kabashi, 70, the Associated Press. "They poured petrol on me and threatened to set me on fire," he said.

    PRISHTINA, Nov 2 (KIC) - An old man in a black coat ambled by, clutching a bag of grapes in his right hand. He (the Albanian) had been captured by police and held for weeks, and was only recently released, the Associated Press (AP) wrote from Opterusha village of Rahovec, Kosova, describing the fate of residents returning to their devastated village.

    This is how AP went on to convey the old man's plight and the pattern of Serbian forces' torture: "His (the Albanian's) forehead wrinkled as he stared ahead while answering questions. A small crowd of neighbors, most of them teen-age boys, gathered around to listen.

    "The police put a stone in my mouth, then started to hit me in the face," began Ali Kabashi, 70. "The stone was so I couldn't shout when they burned my leg with wood."

    He raised his right pants leg to show red marks on the calf, then unbuckled his belt to drop his pants and show more wounds on his thigh.

    "They poured petrol on me and threatened to set me on fire," he said.

    "I tried to escape so they would kill me immediately. One hit me and I lost consciousness."

    The police wanted to know about ethnic Albanian guerrillas, Kabashi said. As they tortured him, he said, they kept repeating that he knew who the guerrillas were, and that his son was one."

    [05] Serb Military and Police Shell Jabllanic& Village of Gjakova

    PRISHTINA, Nov 2 (KIC) - The village of Jabllanic&, municipality of Gjakova, has been shelled sporadically in the past three days by Serb military and police troops.

    The Serbs shelled the village from 22:00 on Sunday through the morning hours on Monday, local sources said. They were firing from their positions in Gllogjan village of Peja, the Naznik village of De^an, as well as Volljak& village of Klina.

    Meanwhile, sources said Serb military forces have not withdrawn from the village of Demjan in the Hasi region of Gjakova.

    Serb military forces backed up with combat arsenal were stationed in the local elementary schoolyard on 22 June. The 300 Albanian schoolchildren have not started school there yet.

    Serb soldiers have been occupying the houses of Bali Brati and Isa Pnishi. The Albanian families were forced to evacuate their homes.

    [06] Serb Regime Court Sentences Four Albanians Sentenced to 5 1/2 Years Imprisonment

    PRISHTINA, Nov 2 (KIC) - Four Albanians were sentenced today to 5 1/5 years in prison on Serb regime trumped up charges of terrorist activities, the LDK Information Commission in Peja said.

    Haki I. Begolli (1975) and Arsim A. Kurteshi (1977) were sentenced to 2 years in prison each, Blerim A. Kullashi (1977) to one year, and Dardan Sh. Murati (1978) to six months in prison.

    Albanians prosecuted for their political beliefs are routinely branded terrorists by the Serb occupying authorities.

    [07] Albanian Killed in Unsolved Circumstances in Podujeva Area

    PRISHTINA, Nov 2 (KIC) - On Saturday evening, Ragip Ibrahimi (39), resident of Halabak village of Podujeva was killed near the village of Rep&, around 25 km away from home.

    The circumstances of the death of Ibrahimi, a cattle trader, have not been made known yet.

    [08] Police Brutalizes Two Albanians in Mitrovica

    PRISHTINA, Nov 2 (KIC) - On Sunday evening, some fifteen Serb policemen brutalized two Albanians, Sami S. Neziri (24) from Ka^anoll village, and Nazmi Ferizi (25) from Mitrovica, near a gas station in Shupkovc village, local LDK sources said.

    The Serb policemen had camouflaged faces, and were equipped with an APC and machine-guns there.

    The two young Albanians were brutally beaten for an hour before being let free.

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