Tomanovic: I expect only justice from the trial; Petronijevic: Indictment conceals that the crimes were ethnically motivated

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Source: Kosovo Online

Verica Tomanovic, president of the Association of Families of Kidnapped and Missing Persons in Kosovo and Metohija, says that she expects only justice from the trial of former KLA leaders in The Hague, Kurir writes.

"The families of the victims have been waiting for it for more than 20 years. Why they had to wait so long is a question for the judicial authorities. Everyone wants to know where their child, mother, father, or relative is. That is why we expect only justice from this trial," she said.

Lawyer Goran Petronijevic says that his main complaint is that the indictment conceals the fact that all of these murders and crimes were ethnically motivated.

"There is a permanent concealment of those murders' motives because they are ethnically motivated murders with only one goal – to intimidate, eliminate, and expel the non-Albanian population from Kosovo and Metohija, primarily the Serbs. That is decidedly absent from the indictment. In this way, it means that the accused killed randomly and that the Kosovo citizens were killing each other, which is an absolutely insane story. The part of the indictment that mentions the camps and the information that people were there should shed light on those events. However, I am sure that this will not result in any charges for organ trafficking because, I emphasize again, the basic motive, which is the victims' ethnicity, is missing," he says.

Petronijevic believes that if there are guilty verdicts, it will provide some relief to the victims and their families.

"It would be complete if the ethnic motivation were included in the qualification of the criminal offense of war crime, killing, and expulsion, and they persistently hide it because the West is a co-perpetrator in this as well as in organ trafficking. Their involvement in this is the main reason for the concealment and destruction of evidence," he stated.