Llapushnik prison camp

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Lapušnik or Llapushnik prison camp
Concentration camp
Location Llapushnik, Kosovo, FR Yugoslavia
Operated by UÇK[1]
Original use imprisonment, cruel treatment, inhuman acts, and executions.
Operational 1998
Inmates Serbs and Albanians[2][3]
Number of inmates 35 +[3][4]
Killed 23[2]

Lapušnik or Llapushnik prison camp was a detention camp (also referred to as a prison) that was operated by the Albanian militant organization the KLA 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 both Serbs and Albanians.[2][5]

History[edit]

According to the early indictments: In early 1998, KLA forces under the command of Fatmir Limaj and Isak Musliu detained Serb and Albanian civilians from the municipalities of Štimlje, Glogovac and Lipljan for prolonged periods in the camp.[6] On 25 or 26 July, the KLA abandoned the camp when the Yugoslav army began its advance on Llapushnik.[6]

Indictments[edit]

In 2003, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) charged Fatmir Limaj, Isak Musliu and Haradin Bala.[7][8][9][3] In November 2005, all of the defendants except Haradin Bala were found innocent and released.[9] 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.[10][8]

Although the exact number of inmates is unknown, it is known that at least 23[2] prisoners were killed (9 of whom were executed in the mountains by Haradin Bala and two other guards[5]).

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Notes[edit]

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 107 out of 193 United Nations member states.

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