The War diary of
the 549th MtBr for April 11th, 1999 contains the following statement: ‘There is
information that some 20 terrorists are located in the village of Ljubižde
Report from April 14th, 1999, sent by Božidar Delić as the Commander of the 549th
MtBr to the Priština Corps, contains the following statement: ‘Intelligence units
reported that in the area of the village of Ljubižda Has a group of
armed men was spotted, namely a group of 10 to 15 individuals. They were
holding villagers, women, children and elderly, as hostages. On April 13th, the
terrain was searched and approximately 100 people were found in the village’.
As Serb forces
had been shooting in the direction of the village of Ljubižda Has/Lubizhdё e
Hasit between March 30th and April 12th, 1999, some villagers had left their
houses and hidden in the forest, in the part of the village known as
Deliuj/Deli Ujit. On April 12th, 1999, after Serb forces noticed that villagers
were hiding in the forest, they surrounded the forest and captured all of the
people found there. They separated men from women and took 15 men away from the
women and executed them. S.K. was present during this execution and on this
occasion, her husband Q. K.i and her brother-in-law Sh. K. were killed; M.N.
whose husband O. N. and brother-in-law I. N.were also killed, was also there.
According to the
statements of the residents of the village of Ljubižde Has/Lubizhdё e Hasit,
after executing 15 men at the location known as Deliuj/Deli Ujit, members of
Serb forces ordered women and children to return to the village of Ljubižda
Has/Lubizhdё e Hasit where they kept them for several hours, where they were
later joined by the men, who had been found in the woods near the village. Then
they took all of them to the D. community, where they held some 100 of them,
detained in several houses and stables. Several days later, they put the women,
children and some of the men on buses and trucks, and transported them to the
border with Albania. There, they confiscated their identification and other
personal documents and expelled them to Albania. They kept a group of 38 men.
Members of Serb forces took them in the direction of the village of
Mazrek/Mazrekë, in the municipality of Prizren.
In July 1999,
upon their return from Albania, the families of 15 Kosovo Albanians who were
killed by members of the VJ at Deliuj/Deli Ujit on April 12th, 1999, found
their bodies at the place where they were killed.
The remains of
31 Kosovo Albanians from the total of 38 who were separated by Serb forces from
other Kosovo Albanians and taken in an unknown direction, were discovered and
exhumed in September 1999 in a place called Gurišta/Gurishta, located between
the villages of Mazrek/Mazrekë, Planeja/Planejё and Miljaj/Millaj in the
municipality of Prizren. The remaining seven men are still registered as
testimony of Božidar Delić in the Milošević case, two videos were played
showing M.N. speaking. The first video was made by Radio Television of Serbia
(RTS) in mid-April 1999 in which M. N. says that KLA did not give food to
Kosovo Albanians and that Kosovo Albanian refugees were hungry and that the VJ
then showed up and rescued the Kosovo Albanians, gave them food and saved them
from the KLA.
Geoffrey Nice, played a recording of an interview conducted by an ICTY
investigator after the NATO bombing of the FRY with M. N.in which she explained
how the statement she had given to RTS had been coerced: “They took me to a
field and told me that I had to say everything they told me to say. I was
afraid and as they turned the camera towards me, my child came and stood behind
me. A civilian approached my daughter, took her to one side, told her ‘do not
be afraid’, and gave her two pieces of candy. He told me to continue repeating
the words that he was saying. He told me this twice, but I just couldn’t do it.
The third time he asked me again, but the moment they started recording, I simply
wasn’t able to say this, I couldn’t say these words. They repeated this for the
fourth time, but I still couldn’t do it because I was out of breath. Then they
told me, ‘You will either say this or we will kill your daughter’. I didn’t
know what to do and I just looked to the side to see what they were doing to
her. They took my daughter closer to them and put a knife to her neck and then
they told me ‘you will either speak or we will cut her head off’ […] They told
us that the KLA was torturing us, but I didn’t know what the KLA was since I
never saw their uniforms. They told me that I had to say that they tortured us,
that the KLA did not let us drink or eat anything, and that, when the Yugoslav
Army arrived, they forced the KLA out, that they forced them to leave the
village and then the Yugoslav Army helped us. I had to say this. They would
have killed my daughter if I hadn’t said this […] They released her when I started
After seeing the
video recording, Delić challenged the veracity of the statement given by M. N. explaining
that she lived in Kosovo and because of pressure from the KLA “she cannot […]
say nice things about Serbian troops”.
During the rest
of his testimony, Delić accepted the Prosecutor’s suggestion that units of the
2nd Motorized Battalion had operated in the area of the village of Ljubižda
Has/Lubizhdё e Hasit.