a little crazy: The Himari mayor Vasil Bollano

Grund dieser Gerichts Sache ist, das Vasil Bollano  Albanische Strassen Schilder vor Jahren abhängte , weil sie nicht auch auf Albanisch verfasst waren. Peinlicher gabs damals praktisch keine Strassen Schilder im Raum Himari.

„Premier Berisha reacts following Vlora Court ruling on denying of political and electoral right of Himara Mayor Vasil Bollano“

The First Reactions of Greek Mayor Sentenced to Prison Vasil Bollano

The Human Rights Union Party (HURP) reacted strongly by his chairman Vangjel Doule; “the decision of Albanian Court to the chairman Vasil Bollano is a political trial with nationalist background and Albania showed that although NATO`s member is not acceptable to be punished the leader of the Greek community of Albania.
Vangjel Dule accused the Albanian political forces which used the Courts and Prosecutors for Albanian nationalist interests to punish exponent who protected the human rights, expressing the penalty against the Greek minority leader of Albania, is a political scandal for which we remember the time when the old system condemned leaders of the Greek community.

In a statement by the Himara Community, condemned attempts to hit the symbol of resistance of the human rights in Albania Vasil Bollano. The Greek minority leader and Mayor of Himara, has denounced flagrant violations of robbery lands and properties of the community of the Himara region. Often Bollano has raised the voices to international community for Tirana to respect the religious freedoms and civil rights of the Greek minority in the region of Himara .
Not only Vasil Bolano issue, but about other 15 himariotes citizens with old Hellenic origin, continue to be persecuted by Albanian Courts, which are in final stages for the robbery of the property and lands in the province of Himara, representing exactly a new genocide when Albania was jointed in the ranks of the NATO alliance.
„The Himara Community of Albania wants from the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the upcoming meeting that would hold with representatives of the Northern Epirus Federation in Washington, to take into consideration the alarming situation of violations of civil, political and religious rights of the Greek community especially in Himara region”, noted the statement of the Himara Community


The President of „OMONIA“ (The Ethnic Greek Community in Albania), Vassilis BOLLANOS condomned by Vlora`s Court sentenced 6 months in prison

Athens is observing every thing about the Trial in Vlora, while the greek Prime Minister Karamanlis could cancel the trip to Tirana previsted on Saturday

The Greek-American Lobby of USA particularly the Northern Epiriotic Federation, is intesifing the meeting with US Secretary Hillary Clinton to denounce the arrogance of Albanian institutions which continues to violate the human rights of the Greek Ethinc Minority in Albania, especially in Himara Region.
Such was previsted, The Vlora Court takes the decision to condemn the president of Omonia Vassilis Bollanos and Mayor of Himara Municipality, with 6 months in prison, 4 thousand Euro and 3 years not to be represent of public administrations. The decision is arbitrary and specified by the fascist tribunals of Albania, said the advocate of Vassil Bollanos, Petraq Curri.

The Mayor Vasil Bollano of the Region of Himara, ordered the removal of road signs in December 2007, arguing that the signs should also have been written in Greek, as he considers the area a Greek-minority zone
In addition the first reaction could be from Washington and Athens. According to the latest news, the greek PM Karamanlis may cancel his visit to Tirana previsted for next Saturday while Northern Epiriot Federation of USA will be held meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to inform everything on the situation of violence against human rights the Greek community in Albania especially in Himara Region.

Serbian Probe into JNA Deaths Alarms Bosnians

Serbian Probe into JNA Deaths Alarms Bosnians

Sarajevo | 22 April 2009 | By Erna Mackic




Serbia’s move to investigate the May 1992 killings of JNA soldiers in Sarajevo raises as many questions as it answers.

Investigation opened by the Serbian Prosecution into war crimes committed in Dobrovoljacka street in Sarajevo, in May 1992 where at least dozen Yugoslav National Army, JNA, soldiers were killed has stirred controversy both in Bosnia and Serbia.

While Bosnia`s authorities claim Serbia has no legal ground for the move, some legal experts and analysts in both countries see the investigation as a political act.

The action has prompted a sharp response in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where two members of the State Presidency, Haris Silajdzic and Zeljko Komsic, claimed Serbia’s action breached the Rome Agreement, signed by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia in 1996.

This obliged signatory states to seek the opinion of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, ICTY, before indicting nationals of another country.

The War Crimes section of the Serbian Prosecutor’s office opened the investigation into 19 people late last year. In early March 2009 it determined that one of them had since died. An investigative judge then ordered the others into custody and issued warrants against them. The Serbian Prosecution “does not want to disclose” their identity.

Amir Ahmic, Bosniak liaison officer with the Hague Tribunal, said that the action appeared to be “unilateral”, adding that ICTY “should now give a legal explanation of the current situation”.

To add the confusion, the Prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina is conducting its own investigation into the events in Dobrovoljacka street in 1992.

However, Boris Grubesic, spokesperson for Bosnia’s State Prosecution, said their office did “not want to present any further details concerning the case”, including the number of suspects.

Zaim Backovic, whose name has been mentioned as a suspect, told BIRN – Justice Report that he had “not even been present in Dobrovoljacka street” at the time, adding: “There was no decision, ordering the attack to be conducted”.

“There was no radio communication at the time. The Interior Ministry, the Safety Center in Sarajevo and the Regional Staffs – there was a total disorder all over the place,” Backovic said.

Backovic said the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Regional Staffs were in charge of safely escorting the convoy through the city to the barracks at Lukavica.

He wondered also why prosecutors in Belgrade and local journalists, had not undertaken an investigation “to find out how many Sarajevo citizens were killed in those days”.

A day of bloodshed and confusion:

The controversy over what happened on May 3, 1992, when a convoy of JNA soldiers was pulling back through Dobrovoljacka street, in central Sarajevo, to the barracks in Lukavica, remains unresolved.

In the middle of the convoy was Alija Izetbegovic, then President of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was seated in the first armored transporter, having been seized by the JNA at Sarajevo airport the previous day.

As per a previously reached agreement, the president was to be released once the convoy had passed through the city safely to the barracks. But in the afternoon hours the convoy was disjoined and a number of soldiers were killed.

Seventeen years on, it is not known exactly how many died.

A criminal report filed by the Public Safety Centre from Eastern Sarajevo claimed up to 42 soldiers were killed and 73 wounded.

Jovan Divjak, then deputy commander of the Territorial Defence, who was present in the street, says he knew about only “between seven and nine victims”, however.

The investigation conducted by the Serbian Prosecution, meanwhile, mentions 18, while another criminal report, filed by the Republika Srpska authorities, mention 15.

Various media reports have named as possible suspects: two former members of the Bosnian wartime presidency Ejub Ganic and Stjepan Kljujic, the former Territorial Defence commander Divjak, Backovic.

The report filed with the Serbian War Crimes Prosecution accused the aforementioned Ganic and Kljujic of having “organised and ordered [two] Bosnian Army officers, the late Mustafa Hajrulahovic and Jusuf Pusina, then and now an Interior Ministry member, to attack the army convoy.”

It says Ganic and Kljujic ordered the attack even though an agreement had been made to allow the Second Military Regional Staffs of the JNA to leave Sarajevo peacefully.

The report alleges that, in this way, the two men “directly participated in killing and wounding several tens of JNA members”.

However, Boris Siber, a former senior JNA officer who became deputy commander of the Territorial Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the beginning of the war, says that “nobody gave an order to undertake an attack in Dobrovoljacka Street”.

He would have “been informed about the order, had it been issued by a state or military institution”, he said.

Kljujic has declined to comment at length. In a brief telephone conversation, he told only BIRN – Justice Report that he had not been contacted by the investigative bodies of any state, adding that, if it happened, he would “undertake certain actions”.

All those mentioned as potential suspects in Serbia have said they would not respond to a summons from Belgrade but only to one from Sarajevo.

“I am waiting for an indictment to be formulated,” Divjak told local media. “Then we shall know who is charged with what.”

He added: “When I receive an indictment, I can start collecting material needed for my defence. I want to see what the charges are, because I did not command or organise anything. Somebody will have to prove those charges.”

Questions over Serbia’s Motives:

Analysts give various reasons as to why the Serbian Prosecution has chosen to open the Dobrovoljacka Street investigation.

Biljana Kovacevic-Vuco, president of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights of Serbia, said: “The investigation looks like some political demonstration by the Serbian Prosecution.”

“The only argument for opening the investigation is the fact that the victims were members of the JNA,” Kovacevic-Vuco said.

“But it would have been logical had the investigation been opened in Bosnia and Herzegovina, considering the crime was committed on its territory and the suspects are members of the Bosnian authorities or its military structures,” she added.

Kovacevic-Vuco believes the process was initiated for political reasons and “seems to be more complicated, in legal terms, than one would initially think”.

Some Serbian lawyers with whom Justice Report spoke off the record agree it is the absolute right of every country to process any crime.

But they also say that the actions undertaken by the Serbian Prosecution appear aimed at “distracting the Serbian public” and making it look that “members of other nations are being tried as well [as Serbs]”.

The Serbian Prosecution has already filed and indictment and opened a process against Ilija Jurisic, charged with committing crimes against a JNA convoy in Tuzla in May 1992.

Jurisic was arrested at the airport when he tried to visit his family on May 11, 2007.

His arrest, as well as an indication that other people may be arrested for the crime committed in Dobrovoljacka Street, has caused concern among Bosnian citizens as well as a fear of traveling to Serbia.

“I visited Belgrade several times after the end of the war but I do not think that I will go there again for the time being,” one Sarajevo resident said.

“I was in Sarajevo during the course of the war as member of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I did not do anything bad, but I’m not sure what is going on. I do not want to take the risk.”

A breach of the Rome agreement?



Der Bosnische Gangster Tasim Kucevic, schlägt eine junge Frau zusammen vor dem Gericht

 Unglaublich diese Arroganz dieses dämlichen Dumm Gangsters Tasim Kucevic, sein dummes Gehabe und dann schlägt er gut zu sehen eine Frau zusammen und seine Body Guards, greifen zugelich andere Journalisten an.

Televized Attack on Woman Shocks Bosnia

Sarajevo | 22 April 2009 | Srecko Latal


Tasim Kucevic at the moment when he punches the woman

Tasim Kucevic at the moment when he punches the woman

Bragging Tasim Kucevic in the center
Bragging Tasim Kucevic in the center

Convicted criminal Tasim Kucevic shocked TV viewers in Bosnia and Herzegovina after cameras filmed him attacking and knocking down a middle-aged woman, while his bodyguard pinned a reporter to a fence.“Wild Attack of Tasim Kucevic,” read the front-page title of Sarajevo’s daily Oslobodjenje on Wednesday.

„Kucevic beats woman in front of Bosnia and Herzegovina Courthouse,“ making front-page news on Banja Luka’s daily Nezavisne Novine.

The Federal television, FTV, footage was first shown on the main evening news on Tuesday. By Wednesday morning it became the top story in all electronic and print media in the country, and received hundreds of hits on YouTube.

The attack took place Tuesday afternoon in the yard of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, where Kucevic was awaiting the Court’s second ruling in his case. Kucevic, his wife Meliha Pjevic, and eight other people were previously convicted in the first instance for participation in organized crime, human trafficking, money-laundering and solicitation to prostitution.

In the past, FTV investigated, and several times reported on Kucevic and his crimes. He has repeatedly threatened FTV reporters.

FTV camera was rolling as a middle-aged woman approached Kucevic and his fellow-convicts, who were seen cheerfully chatting and laughing in the Court’s main yard. She inquired about two of her nieces who were believed to be forced by Kucevic into becoming prostitutes in Italy. Both died under suspicious circumstances.

Kucevic initially bragged and toyed with the trembling woman, believing that she was a journalist. Once he realized her motives, he first verbally assaulted her and then knocked her down with a single punch.

FTV reporter, Vildana Duran was the only one who tried to help the battered woman, but Kucevic’s fellow-convict and reported bodyguard, Enver Spahic, pinned her feebly against the fence. Only then, did one policeman appear and separate the crowd. An ambulance was called to treat the injured woman.

Minutes later, Kucevic and his still cheerful group entered the court building to hear the final sentence. Kucevic was convicted to 12 years, and his girlfriend to 6 years in prison. Both were ordered to pay fines in the amount of 15,000 Euros while the court also ordered repossession of their property in the amount of 140,000 Euros. Eight of Kucevic’s associates were also convicted to prison terms ranging from 3 years to 3 months…