Vučitrn massacre

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Vučitrn massacre
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Location of Vučitrn in Kosovo
Location Vučitrn, Kosovo, FR Yugoslavia
Date May 2 and 3, 1999 (Central European Time)
Target Kosovo Albanian refugees
Attack type
Mass Killing
Deaths 100–120
Perpetrators Serbian Police

The Vučitrn massacre was the mass killing of Kosovo Albanian refugees near Vučitrn, during the Kosovo War on May 2, 1999.

Background[edit]

A column of about 1,000 refugees were travelling in a convoy of about 100 tractors, who were fleeing fighting between the KLA and Serbian forces east of Vučitrn.[1] Serbian Police and Serb paramilitary forces caught up with the convoy that traveled south. On May 2 and 3 between Gornja Sudimlja and Donja Sudimlja (Albanian: Studime e Eperme and Studime e Poshtme) near Vučitrn, police and paramilitaries killed an estimated one hundred men.[2]

Romeu Ventura, an investigator for the UN war crimes tribunal, stated that 120 civilians were murdered on 2 May by Serb forces and buried two days later in a mass grave five miles east of Vučitrn.[1] After the war, forensic teams from the War Crimes Tribunal discovered ninety-eight bodies in Gornja Sudimlja.[2]

The Vučitrn case has been raised at the trial of Serbian police general Vlastimir Đorđević.[3] The indictment against Đorđević alleges that some 105 Kosovo Albanians were killed in the massacre near the village of Sudimlje on May 2, 1999.[4] Đorđević was sentenced to 27 years in prison.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bruce, Cabell (August 15, 1999). "Serb war criminals seize north Kosovo". The Independent. 
  2. ^ a b "Vucitrn (Vushtrri) Municipality". Under Orders: War Crimes in Kosovo. Human Rights Watch. 2001. 
  3. ^ "Vlastimir Đorđević Convicted for Crimes in Kosovo". ICTY. February 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ "POLICE CRIMES IN VUCITRN". SENSE Tribunal. January 4, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Case Information Sheet – Vlastimir Đorđević". ICTY. 

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