Vučitrn massacre

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Vučitrn massacre
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Location of Vučitrn in Kosovo
Location Vučitrn, Kosovo, FR Yugoslavia
Date 2-3 May 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 2-3 May 1999.


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 paramilitary forces caught up with the convoy that traveled south. On 2-3 May between Gornja Sudimlja and Donja Sudimlja (Albanian: Studime e Eperme and Studime e Poshtme) near Vučitrn, an estimated one hundred men were killed.[2]

ICTY investigator Romeu Ventura 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, ICTY forensic teams discovered 98 bodies in Gornja Sudimlja.[2]

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


  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 (PDF). Human Rights Watch. 2001. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Vlastimir Đorđević Convicted for Crimes in Kosovo". ICTY. 23 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "POLICE CRIMES IN VUCITRN". SENSE Tribunal. 4 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Case Information Sheet: Vlastimir Đorđević" (PDF). ICTY. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 

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