Lapušnik prison camp
|Lapušnik or Llapushnik prison camp|
|Location||Lapušnik, Kosovo, FR Yugoslavia|
|Original use||imprisonment, cruel treatment, inhuman acts, and executions.|
|Inmates||Serbs and moderate Albanians|
|Number of inmates||35 +|
Lapušnik or Llapushnik prison camp was a detention camp (also referred to as a prison and Lapušnik concentration camp) that was operated by the Albanian militant organization the UÇK near the city of Glogovac in central Kosovo during the Kosovo War. It was operational in early 1998 and inmates were subject to intimidation, imprisonment, violence and murder. The victims were mostly Serbs, but also included Albanians who were perceived to be collaborating with the Serbs and who refused to cooperate with or resisted the UÇK by non-violent means.
According to the early indictments: In early 1998, UÇK forces under the command of Fatmir Limaj and Isak Musliu unlawfully detained Serb and Albanian civilians from the municipalities of Štimlje, Glogovac and Lipljan for prolonged periods in the camp. On 25 or 26 July, the UÇK abandoned the camp when the Serbian Army began its advance on Lapušnik.
In 2003, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) charged Fatmir Limaj, Isak Musliu and Haradin Bala. In November 2005, all of the defendants except Haradin Bala were found innocent and released. Bala, who was a guard at the camp, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for persecution on political, racial and religious grounds and for cruel treatment, murders and rape and for his role in maintenance and enforcement of inhumane conditions in the camp.
|a.||^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 106 out of 193 United Nations member states.|
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