in the history: KLA / UCK was a terrorist group! British military attache: British colonel John Crosland

KLA: This is without any question a terroris group“ 

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Former military attaché from the British Embassy in Belgrade gave testimony at the trial of three former KLA members, charged with crimes against Serbs and Albanians detained in the Lapusnik camps in Kosovo in 1998

Did British colonel John Crosland meet Commander Celiku at the KLA headquarters in Malisevo in July 1998 and was this commander the same person as Fatmir Limaj, the first accused at the trial of three Kosovo Albanians charged with the crimes in the Lapusnik camp?

This issue remained unanswered at the end of two-day testimony of Colonel Crosland. He was the British military attaché in Belgrade from 1996 to 1999. In this capacity, Colonel Crosland spent most of the year 1998 in Kosovo, monitoring the developments in the conflict between Serbian security forces and the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). In July 2002 he testified about his observations from Kosovo at the trial of Slobodan Milosevic. This time he was in The Hague as a prosecution witness at the trial against three former KLA members: Fatmir Limaj, Isak Musliu and Haradin Bala. He testified at both trials under his full name, but with facial distortion. His appearances in court were authorized by the British Government; in fact, its representatives were present at the trials.

In the course of Crosland’s testimony, the prosecutor tendered dozens of diplomatic dispatches in which the British Embassy in Belgrade notified Foreign Office and the Defense Ministry in London about the developments in Kosovo in 1998. The dispatches describe the increasing tension and the escalation of violence, the increasing brutality of the actions launched by the Serbian security forces, wanton destruction of villages, burning and plunder of Albanian homes, KLA ambushing police and military patrols, abductions of civilians and killing of Albanians suspected of collaborating with the Serbian authorities.

During one of his visits to Kosovo in July 1998, Colonel Crosland went to the KLA headquarters in Malisevo with his escort. There he found between 150 and 200 uniformed men carrying small arms, including a person who he concluded was of “Middle Eastern origin”. Crosland described the “heated debate” he had with the hosts after he introduced himself to them and said that as the military attaché from the British Embassy in Belgrade he had the right to move freely all over the territory of Yugoslavia. One of the KLA members then responded by saying that Malisevo was “not Yugoslavia but Albania” and threatened to detain, or kidnap, the British colonel and his escort.

Crosland testified that a KLA commander who introduced himself as Commander Celiku managed to defuse the tension by noting that any debate about the location of Malisevo was pointless. After about two hours, the British military attaché and his escort were allowed to leave the KLA headquarters.

According to the indictment, Commander Celiku was the nom de guerre of Fatmir Limaj, the first accused for the crimes in the Lapusnik case, described by the prosecution as a “regional KLA commander.” However, on the basis of intelligence at his disposal, Colonel Crosland estimates that the Malisevo headquarters were more than regional headquarters; in fact, it could well have been the KLA headquarters, at least at the time he was there.

In the cross-examination, Limaj’s British defense counsel, Michael Mansfield noted that Colonel Crosland had given three statements to the OTP investigators, yet he mentioned his encounter with Commander Celiku for the first time in his testimony before the court. The witness responded that the first time a direct question was put to him was during his testimony. When asked how he was able to link Commander Celiku with Fatmir Limaj, Crosland answered that he had established the link on the basis of reports by intelligence services collaborating with the British Defense Ministry. He added he was not authorized to disclose the reports.

Since the defense counsel insisted that he disclose the names of the intelligence services that had linked Commander Celiku with the accused Limaj, the representatives of the British Government, after a consultation, authorized the witness to specify the services. However, he did it in private session, closed to the public. Hears of KLA Terror Tactics

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Former attaché Colonel John Crosland – whose face was hidden from
public view by screens and image distortion, just as it was when he
testified against Slobodan Milosevic in July 2002 – told judges on
Thursday that clashes between the fledgling KLA and Serbian forces began
well before the Lapusnik camp is alleged to have opened, and intensified
through the course of 1998.

He also said the KLA regularly kidnapped ethnic Serbs in an effort
to terrorise the population, and attacked Albanians it suspected of
But while he spoke of training programmes, supply routes and
regional headquarters, he expressed some scepticism about the extent to
which the KLA had an organised command structure at the time.
Crosland’s testimony was largely made up of comments on a series of
“diplomatic telegrams” presented to him by the prosecution. The bulk of
these documents are still under seal, and two legal advisors of the
British government were present in the courtroom throughout his
testimony to ensure this measure was respected.
With reference to the events described in these reports, Crosland
told judges that even as early as March and April 1998, clashes between
Serbian forces and ethnic Albanian rebels in the Drenica Valley – a KLA
heartland – were spreading to the area around the border with Albania,
where the KLA was bringing in munitions and men along traditional
smuggling routes.
According to the diplomatic reports, by the second half of April,
western journalists were saying that the KLA virtually controlled areas
just over the border in Albania.
There were also indications that the KLA was operating training
camps in the Albanian towns of Tropoja, Bajram Curri and Kukes.
One diplomatic report presented by the prosecution noted that
kidnappings of Serbs had reached such a point that Serbs were beginning
to avoid travel around Kosovo.
“In October we estimated something like 200 Serbs were missing,
presumed having been kidnapped by Albanian elements,” Crosland told the
The witness also discussed media reports that the KLA had carried
out grenade attacks on businesses and restaurants in Pec belonging to
Albanians who were suspected of collaborating with the Serbs.
“These attacks… were similar to what went on throughout this
campaign, where Albanians who were seen to be siding with the Serb
administration were taken out and their businesses either bombed and
they themselves murdered,” Crosland told judges.
The trial continues.



Die Ermordung des Militär Chefs der FARK-UCK Ahmet Krasniqi 1998

The KLA was regarded by the US as a terrorist group until 1998 when it was de-listed for classified reasons,[9][10] and then the UK and the US lobbied France to do the same.[11] The US then cultivated diplomatic relationships with the KLA leaders.[10][12] In 1999 the KLA was officially disbanded and their members entered other armed groups such as various Albanian Macedonian rebels,[13] the UCPMB in the Preševo Valley region[2] and UNMIK instituted NGOs within Kosovo such as the Kosovo Protection Corps (in accordance with UNSC resolution 1244 which required the establishment of a civilian emergency protection body to replace the former KLA) and Kosovo Police Force.[14] Some of the Kosovo Liberation Army leadership opted to enter politics, and by taking advantage of the 1999 confusion they still lead the Albanian faction of the partially recognized Kosovar government.[14]

The KLA used child soldiers, 10% of their fighters being under the age of 18, and some being as young as 13.[15]

In early 2011 the Council of Europe has viewed a report on the alleged criminal activities and the alleged organ harvesting controversy by Dick Marty.

First attacks

In February 1996 the KLA undertook a series of attacks against targets which included police stations and Yugoslav government officers, alleging that they had killed Albanian civilians as part of an ethnic cleansing campaign.[16] Serbian authorities denounced the KLA as a terrorist organization and increased the number of security forces in the region. This had the counter-productive effect of boosting the credibility of the embryonic KLA among the Kosovo Albanian population.

According to Roland Keith, a field office director of the OSCE Kosovo Verification Mission[17]:

“ Upon my arrival the war increasingly evolved into a mid intensity conflict as ambushes, the encroachment of critical lines of communication and the [KLA] kidnapping of security forces resulted in a significant increase in government casualties which in turn led to major Yugoslavian reprisal security operations… By the beginning of March these terror and counter-terror operations led to the inhabitants of numerous villages fleeing, or being dispersed to either other villages, cities or the hills to seek refuge… The situation was clearly that KLA provocations, as personally witnessed in ambushes of security patrols which inflicted fatal and other casualties, were clear violations of the previous October’s agreement [and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1199]. ”

According to the report of the U.S. Committee for Refugees[18]:

“ Kosovo Liberation Army…attacks aimed at trying to ‚cleanse‘ Kosovo of its ethnic Serb population. ”

The Yugoslav Red Cross had estimated a total of 30,000 refugees and IDPs from Kosovo, most of whom were Serb. The UNHCR estimated the figure at 55,000 refugees who had fled to Montenegro and Central Serbia, most of whom were Kosovo Serbs:

“ Over 90 mixed villages in Kosovo have now been emptied of Serb inhabitants and other Serbs continue leaving, either to be displaced in other parts of Kosovo or fleeing into central Serbia. ”

The NATO North Atlantic Council had stressed that KLA was „the main initiator of the violence“ and that it had „launched what appears to be a deliberate campaign of provocation„.[18]

[edit] Foreign volunteers

The KLA included in its ranks foreign volunteers from Sweden, Belgium, the UK, Germany, Albania, and the US,[19] and France.[20] 30-40 Volunteers from the Croatian Forces International Volunteers Association also participated in training KLA troops.[21]

The KLA usually rewarded after service its international volunteers with a passage home, as a gesture of thanks.[22]

Status as terrorist group

The Yugoslav authorities, under Slobodan Milosevic, regarded the KLA a terrorist group.[40]</ref> In February 1998, President Bill Clinton’s special envoy to the Balkans, Robert Gelbard, condemned both the actions of Serb government and of the KLA, and described the KLA as, „without any questions, a terrorist group“.[12][47][48] UN resolution 1160 took a similar stance.[49][50]

But the 1997 US Department’s terrorist list hadn’t included the KLA.[51] In March 1998, just one month later Gerbald had to modify his statements to say that KLA had not been classified legally by the U.S. government as a terrorist group,[50] and the US government approached the KLA leaders to make them interlocutors with the Serbs.[10][52] A Wall Street Journal article claimed later that the US government had removed in February 1998 the KLA from the list of terrorist organizations,[53][9][10], a removal that has never been confirmed.[50] France didn’t delist the KLA until late 1998, after strong US and UK lobbying.[11] KLA is still present in the MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base list of terrorist groups,[54] and is listed as an inactive terrorist organization by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism from the Homeland Security.[5]

During the war, the KLA troops collaborated with the NATO troops, and they were qualified by the NATO as „freedom fighters“.[10] In late 1999 the KLA was disbanded and its members entered the Kosovo Protection Corps.[10]

[edit] Drug and arms trafficking

KLA has been connected also to drugs and arms trafficking. Agim Gashi was prosecuted in Italy for drug trafficking. Interpol’s report in the US Congress of 2000[55]:

“ Albanian drug lords established elsewhere in Europe began contributing funds to the “national cause” in the 80s. From 1993 on, these funds were to a large extent invested in arms and military equipment for the KLA (UÇK) which made its first appearance in 1993… Of the almost 900 million DM which reached Kosovo between 1996 and 1999, half was thought to be illegal drug money.



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Flirting with KLA terrorists: support is building to arm the KLA to fight against the Serbs in Kosovo, though evidence suggests it is a drug-smuggling, leftist terrorist group with plans of conquest. (World: Kosovo Liberation Army).


Insight on the News

May 17, 1999 | Waller, J. Michael | Copyright



Sanctions failed. Diplomacy failed. Even massive air attacks by nuclear-capable strategic bombers failed. As the Clinton administration’s drive to force Yugoslavia to grant autonomy to Kosovar Albanians crumbled amid the bombed-out hulks of government buildings, bridges and factories, Washington seemed primed to try yet another weapon: waging a ground war by arming what a former U.S. special envoy to Kosovo called a „terrorist group.“ It’s an option that, if implemented, will further complicate Operation Allied Force, will risk throwing a monkey wrench into U.S. counterterrorism and counternarcotics policy and could further complicate relations with NATO allies.

With dashed hopes for the Yugoslavian regime’s quick surrender, the administration and Congress are considering an initiative to build up a small guerrilla force, the Kosovo Liberation Army, or KLA, into an effective fighting machine. As Secretary of State Madeleine Albright openly flirts with the KLA, other officials say the United States wants closer relations with the group. Some Capitol Hill staff following Kosovo are asking if, despite NATO’s open nonsupport, the United States already may be providing covert assistance to the KLA.


The most stupid crime clans: Drenica and Jashari!

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Homage for the Jashari family

Homage for the Jashari family

State and party leaders, MPs, military men and citizens of all ages gathered this Tuesday at the Jashari family cemetery, in Prekaz. 

After the war, millions of people have visited this place for honoring the sacrifice of the Jashari family. The former Administrator of Kosovo, Bernard Kouchner, who later became a Minister in France, had declared that if there would be a Nobel Prize for freedom, it would go to Adem Jashari.

The Head of the Kosovo government, Hashim Thaci, paid homage together with his cabinet at the Prekaz cemetery and declared:

“Each time that we honor the past, the war of the Kosovo Liberation Army, the resistance of all Kosovo citizens, we honor the present, and we receive energy for the future, for consolidating our state, for being integrated in NATO and EU.”

After the homage, the Kosovo Prime Minister visited Klina, where he honored the martyrs Muje Krasniqi, and then he went to Gllogjan Martyrs’ Cemetery. During the day, wreaths were placed at martyr Zahir Pajaziti statue.

The Jashari family representative, Murat Jashari, wished the Albanian people to make good use of the state-creating freedom.

“All those men and women gave their life during the centuries for reaching the freedom that we have today, a freedom for building our family and economy”, declared Murat Jashari, nephew of Adem Jashari.

A delegation from the Self-Determination Movement stayed in Prekaz this Tuesday, while after the homage and the visit at the Jashari Family, their leader, Albin Kurti, declared:

“58 people did not give their life only for freedom, but also for the liberating war, because in this place, 14 years ago, the KLA started to grow”.

The three-day manifestation will close this Wednesday evening with the night of fires, with the “Torches of Freedom” that will be lit not only in Prekaz, but throughout Kosovo. 

The Kosovo Mafia System, without any justiz in function


Kosovo municipal officials arrested for corruption

PRIŠTINA — The Kosovo police have arrested four officials of the municipality of Vučitrn under the supervision of EULEX and with support of an anti-corruption team.


According to Priština media, the arrested persons are Municipal Inspection Director Bajram Beqiri, Urbanism Directorate Head Idriz Ismaili, Public Services Director Sami Istrefi and councilor Gani Imeri.

According to the police statement, they are suspected of illegal seizure of property, abuse of office or powers, influence peddling, and organized crime.

Kosovo police Spokesman Arber Beka stated that the arrest was preceded by months of investigation of a special anti-corruption department.

During Tuesday’s arrest action in Vučitrn, the police searched several houses and bars.

The arrested persons will be kept in 48-hour custody.

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