NOTE: Some Western reporters did report on the event
they witnessed. They did their best to dilute though
what they saw with their own eyes.
The intended impression - These are just
The text of the report is presented here in its entirety.
KLECKA, Serbia, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Yugoslav authorities on Saturday
accused Kosovo Albanian guerrillas of killing
22 Serbs and burning their bodies in a makeshift crematorium
in Klecka village, which Serb forces recaptured this week.
A captured member of the separatist
Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA)
told reporters in Klecka that he took part in a firing squad in the
village that killed 10 of the victims, including two children and
three women, in a mass execution.
Police said others who died included Serbs kidnapped from buses and
cars on the nearby Pristina-Pec highway.
The man, Bekim Mazreku, was not allowed to speak independently to
the reporters, who were escorted to the site from Pristina by
The Yugoslav Foreign Ministry said the killings were the "gravest
and cruellest crime" committed by the KLA, which has been fighting
Serbian forces for Kosovo's independence for the last six months.
The ministry called on Western governments to condemn the incident
and to crack down on the supply of money and weapons to the KLA
from ethnic Albanian separatists abroad.
Both sides in the conflict - which has killed more than 500 people
and driven more than 250,000 from their homes - have accused each
other of committing atrocities against civilians.
Serb police and Pristina county court investigating magistrate
Danica Marinkovic brought Mazreku to the village and questioned
him in front of reporters for a second day.
"I think they were Serbs," Mazreku, in his early twenties told
the magistrate. He spoke in Albanian and a Serb policeman
interpreted for him.
Standing uncuffed, but watched closely by
Serb policemen, Mazreku
said the executed children were between eight and 11 years old and
the three women between 28 and 32.
Mazreku, from the Malisevo region west of Klecka, was captured in
that area three weeks ago along with another KLA guerrilla who
allegedly participated in the executions.
"My impression is that Bekim just found himself in the situation
where he did what he said he had done," said Marinkovic.
"He has a bad conscience about it and
that is why he confessed and
that would be extenuating circumstances during his trial," Marinkovic
Klecka came under Serb police control late on Thursday after three
days of fighting. The village is deserted and almost completely
On its outskirts, police spokesman Colonel Bozidar Filic showed
reporters a building which served as KLA barracks. Two rooms
contained different types of weapons and food left behind by the
"We did not find any dead Albanians. They probably left before we
came and took the killed and wounded with them," Filic said.
One of the policemen who escorted the convoy said three police were
slightly wounded during the operation.
Filic guided reporters to a brick-made furnace
which he said was
used as crematorium where the KLA allegedly
burned the executed Serbs.
Reporters were shown a lime kiln which Filic said was used to make
quick lime for burning bodies. Just behind the furnace, police put
burnt bones on a white sheet.
Marinkovic said four burnt bodies found in the village were believed
to be those of victims of the shootings. There was no trace of other
Shoes and clothes were scattered next to a makeshift prison cell,
where the Serbs were held, according to Mazreku's testimony. Police
laid flowers and lit candles.
By taking control of the KLA base, Serbian security forces completed
the recapture of villages straddling the Pec-Prizren road from the KLA,
whose forces had held them for three months.
On Thursday, Filic told reporters in Dulje, 10 km (six miles) south
of Klecka that many Serb civilians had been kidnapped in the area,
mostly taken off the buses or grabbed from cars.
Filic said on Saturday that about 20 of the kidnapped people were
killed in Klecka.
The KLA is battling for the independence of Kosovo, where ethnic
Albanians make up about 90 percent of the province's 1.8 million
As before the Reuters' article had to have
"90 percent" mantra repeated.
This was compounded by a statement that "the KLA... has been fighting...
for Kosovo's independence." Not quite true. As we have seen after
Western conquest of Kosovo, KLA was actually fighting to cleanse Kosovo
of all non-Albanians. That they did while their Western friends
watched them finish the atrocity.
Notice also the use of the word "allegedly". According to this
article "the KLA allegedly burned the executed Serbs."
Now, the foreign reporters were shown the remnants of
charred human bodies. Who burned these people? The Serbs? Than who?
By the way,
compare this report to the
ones where the Serbs were to be accused of atrocities (for example in
Srebrenica or in Sarajevo stagged events). There there was no use of
Serbs "allegedly" doing the crime. No. That word would not
fit Western media war against the Serbian people. Instead, the Serbs
would be accused right in the very title of their propaganda articles.
Notice how word "says" was used here, in the title.