Humanitarian Law Center
8 March 2002
Judge Danica Marinkovic, formerly investigating
judge of the Pristina District Court, reacted to
the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) press release
on the murder of Kosovo Albanian politician Fehmi
Agani by accusing the HLC and its executive director,
Natasa Kandic, of lying. According to Judge Marinkovic,
Predrag Nikolic and Zoran Dzeletovic, who were police
officers in Kosovo and to whom I referred in connection
with the murder, performed their duty "honorably"
and Agani was killed by the Kosovo Liberation Army
(KLA). In her defense of these two ex-police officers,
she asserted that members of the force once saved
my life in a Kosovo village during the NATO bombing
in spite of my working against them.
In an effort to clarify the murder of Agani, I
shall set out facts that will show beyond doubt
just how "honorably" the cited policemen
did their job in Kosovo. On 6 May 1999, the day
of Agani's murder, Predrag Nikolic and Zoran Dzeletovic
killed five members of the Blakqori family - Miradije
(54), Fehmi (60), their son Labinot (14), Mahmut
(56), and his wife Sabile (59) - on the rail track
from Lipljan to Kosovo Polje.
The Pristina Police Department filed criminal charges
against Nikolic and Dzeletovic as well as Ivan Ivanov,
their fellow-officer, on 27 May 1999 (Ku.br.546/99).
The accompanying documentation, including the prosecutor's
request for an investigation, decision to institute
the investigation, and detention orders, were either
removed to Serbia or destroyed.
Judge Marinkovic sets herself up as a protector
of Serb victims and the Serbian police but her attempts
to manipulate public opinion are in vain. It is
known within the police force who killed Fehmi Agani,
who did what in Kosovo, who fired the guns, who
removed the corpses, who looted by the truckload,
who brought the orders from Belgrade and conveyed
the president's commendations and expressions of
These people, who were involved in the crimes or
in shielding the perpetrators on the pretext of
defending Serbia and its people from NATO, are now
making lists of traitors in their own ranks and
having them placed under surveillance.
Judges who served on crisis teams are trying to
obliterate the evidence of their presence at those
meetings. Some judges, prosecutors and police chiefs
are destroying any remaining papers that might implicate
them, forging documents, and testing the strength
of the wall of silence. Top officials of the former
Kosovo police and the Socialist Party of Serbia
are worried about what could happen if "traitors"
among them started talking. Their concern is warranted:
the wall of silence is cracking.
More and more policemen are coming out with what
really happened in Kosovo. It was from them that
I first heard about the murder of Fehmi Agani. I
also heard from them that liquidation orders were
not given only by police and military commanders.
They told me Danica Marinkovic personally ordered
several wounded men of the Ahmeti family to be shot
on 28 February 1998 in Likosane village. Then an
investigating judge, she came to conduct an on-site
investigation together with Jovica Jovanovic, the
deputy district prosecutor, and a team of investigators.
There was a pile of bodies outside the Ahmeti house
in which some men were still giving signs of life.
In the presence of about 30 members of the Special
Anti-terrorist Units, Danica Marinkovic allegedly
said: "I'm not taking them - kill them."
The men were finished off with a Heckler weapon.
There was no investigation and, on 1 March 1998,
14 corpses were taken to the Pristina hospital morgue.
The investigating judge did not order autopsies
to be performed and, after they were identified,
the bodies were claimed by relatives. Members of
the police force assigned to the Likosane operation
said that rifles and grenades were placed next to
the bodies, after which photographs were taken and
used to "inform" the public about the
While in Kosovo during the NATO bombing, I was
frightened most of all by the Serbian police, paramilitary
units and such "protectors" of Serbs as
Judge Danica Marinkovic. In the silence that prevailed
in Serbia and Kosovo, anyone who tried to help Albanians
was an enemy, a spy, a traitor. The police and the
Kosovo Serbs were intoxicated with the official
sanction to defend Serbia by any means. In such
a climate, I was less afraid of crossing a bridge
than of the policemen I saw behind refugee columns,
standing around burnt houses, or at checkpoints
on the roads. Every time I passed without having
my papers scrutinized I felt very lucky.
But, on 27 May 1999, the day the indictment against
Milosevic was made public, I was on my way to Prizren
to get out the wife and child of the editor of the
Koha Ditore newspaper when the police stopped me
at a checkpoint in Lipljan. They asked for my ID
and searched the car in which they found HLC reports
on human rights violations. They immediately contacted
the State Security and took me to a house which
served as their headquarters where two inspectors
questioned me for hours. My driver was held separately
and told he would be killed like everyone who spoke
English. When I said where I was going and why,
they started shouting that I was a spy and traitor
and that they would not let me drive Albanians around.
Threatening to charge me with espionage, they said
I would disappear in the night and they would tell
the public I went missing in KLA-controlled territory.
I suggested that they consider the credibility of
a report on the disappearance of a human rights
activist on the very day the Milosevic indictment
was made public. They told me to hand over my money.
I refused and said they could take it by force like
they were doing with Albanians. In the end, they
did not take it though they could have. I told them
openly I would not stay silent about what was happening
in Kosovo, adding that I had already stated publicly
that Fehmi Agani was killed by the police. At the
mention of Agani, one of the inspectors said it
was "a mistake." I do not know what he
meant by that but he in effect admitted that Agani
was murdered by Serbian police. In my mind, I had
come to terms with the possibility of being "disappeared"
like many others in Kosovo at the time, and I do
not owe them a debt of gratitude for not killing
me. They let me go late that evening when a third
inspector appeared with word from Belgrade that
I was not "their case."
I am half way around the world from you..I read your
report and could only thank my heavenly Father that
I was born free...I see the horror that goes on in
the world even in mine now..as I read and put together
the pieces of all that is going on..freedom should
be for all people..the price is high but worth it..truth..freedom..pursuit
of happiness ... Keep Going Forward in Truth