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Criminal complaint for crimes in Pavlan and Zahac

23.08.2010

On August 23, 2010 the Humanitarian Law Center filed with the Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor of the Republic of Serbia a criminal complaint against an unidentified number of members of the former Yugoslav Army (VJ), members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia (MUP Serbia), and members of criminal groups operating under the control of VJ and MUP Serbia for their responsibility for for war crimes committed against Albanians in the villages of Pavljane/Pavlan, Zahać/Zahaq, and other surrounding villages and settlements in the Peć/Pejë municipality during 1998 and 1999.

The criminal complaint was filed against: Dragan Živanović, former commander of the 125th motorized brigade of the VJ; Đorđe Nikolić, former chief-of-staff of the Headquarters of the 125th motorized brigade of the VJ; Toplica Miladinović, former commander of the 177th Military-Territorial battalion of the VJ, who was a direct subordinate of the accused Živanović and Nikolić, and against whom the High Court of Belgrade had already initiated a criminal investigation due to the existence of a reasonable doubt that he had committed a criminal act of war crimes against the civilian population in Kosovo in May 1999; Radoslav Brnović, former commander of the Peć Internal Affairs Department (OUP); Bato Bulatović, former inspector of SUP Peć/Pejë; and a number of other unidentified members of MUP Serbia, VJ, and various other criminal groups formerly under the control of VJ and MUP Serbia, on the basis that there is reasonable doubt that these individuals had committed a criminal act of war crimes against the civilian population based on Article 142, paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Serbia (KZ SRJ).


For more information about the crimes, see Pavlan and Zahac on zone of (non)responsibility.