April 25, 2002
Anniversary of Vejce Massacre
Skopje, April 25 (MIA) - Marking the first anniversary since the massacre
over the members of Macedonian security forces at the Tetovo village of
Vejce on 28 April 2001, Association of families of the killed and wounded
soldiers - victims of the Albanian terrorism informed on the ongoing
procedure of criminal charges brought against persons directly or indirectly
responsible for the slaughter at Wednesday press - conference.
Reminding that the Macedonian Public Prosecutor, Stavre Dzhikov refused
their criminal charges, the families' attorney Ignat Panchevski informed
that the families of the killed and wounded soldiers, as secondary
prosecutors, submitted a request to the Elementary Court Skopje 1 for
conducting the investigation.
Panchevski pointed out that if the Elementary Court drops the request, the
families would address to the International Criminal Court that should start
functioning within next year.
He also reminded that during January 2002, criminal charges were brought
against ten persons, including President Trajkovski, the leader of the
former "NLA," Ali Ahmeti, as well as against leaders of the political
parties of DPA and PDP, Arben Xhaferi and Imer Imeri. Panchevski announced
that the criminal charges would be pressed against other 20 persons, most of
Panchevski claims that "the price for committing this crime act" amounted to
DM 600,000. "As the money disappeared, we are still investigating the case
who took the money in return for 'selling' the police patrol," Panchevski
pointed out, adding that there were "enough facts to continue the
He also stated that when additional evidence would be found, pointing out to
other "mass traitors", the list should be extended.
According to him, the person that was suspected of involvement in the
massacre was promoted after few months.
As to the request submitted to the legislative committee for authentic
interpretation of the Amnesty Law, Panchevski stated that after the first
refusal of the request, under the explanation that Macedonian Assembly's
protocol allows only certain physical and legal entities to submit this kind
of request, the legislative committee responded that "the Law on amnesty
would be additionally reviewed."
The attorney of the Association of the killed soldiers' families informed
that the Constitutional Court is expected to reveal its position regarding
the initiative for evaluation of validity of the amnesty Law.
It was stressed at the conference that there were no donations granted so
far to the families of killed and wounded persons, and there was also no
information regarding the amount and the origin of the donation, i.e.
foreign or native.
Panchevski informed that there were no realized contacts with the Hague
Tribunal in regard to the Vejce massacre so far. "The Hague Tribunal's
Office in the country did not show any interest regarding the families of
the killed soldiers, or myself as their legal representative, to find out
the facts on the massacre that were at our disposal", Panchevski explained,
stating that "the Hague Tribunal would never proceed this case."