Report on the trial of Albin Kurti
- Report on the trial of Albin Kurti,
Albanian student leader (UPSUP) and spokesman of political leader of UCK
After a forty minute delay and the introduction statement of the judge
the usual questions followed. Citizenship? Republic of Kosovo.
Military Service? I have not received the draft call and if I had I
would not have answered it because the Yugoslav army was an occupying
force. Now it is not.
- The charge was Since the 27th 10.1999, because of banding for enemy
activity, according to article 136. , paragraph 1 and article 125 of
the Criminal statute of Yugoslavia Kurti Albin is accused of:
Taking part in the formation of bands with the aim of separating Kosovo
and uniting it with Albania. Organized a first aid course, as well as
voluntary blood donations and above all he took part in the meeting of
OVK.(Liberation Army of Kosovo)
After Albin said that he understood the charge his defense followed.
I am defending myself without a lawyer. I decline to answer questions,
that is, I will defend myself by silence, but I may answer some
questions. Since the lawyer Branislav Curcic was given to me in line of
duty, I do not accept lawyers and I do not know them. They are the same
as the prosecution and this court. The defense attorney is the same as
the prosecution attorney. He is not my problem but the problem of the
court and he will not represent me.
I was a member of the presidency of the Independent Student Union of
Prishtina and the representative of the Commission for International
Cooperation. Our main goal was to organize demonstration to free the
university because we have been thrown out by force. The demonstrations
were organized against the Serbian regime (and not the Serbs as it was
translated, remark made by Albin) which kept Kosovo occupied by the army
and police and exercised terror over the Albanian people. I was also the
secretary of the political representative of OVK (Liberation Army of
Kosovo) Adem Demaci. As the secretary I represented the policy of OVK
and the liberation war. The OVK lead a just struggle with a holly aim
of forming an independent Kosovo and the liberating of the Albanian
people from the Fascist regime of Slobodan Milosevic. The liberation was
at the same time anti-fascist and ant-colonial. War was the means and
the goal was an independent Kosovo. Only in an independent republic the
Albanian people can feel free and can realize their rights. I do not
recognize this court and do not acknowledge Serbia nor Yugoslavia. This
court has nothing in common with law and truth. It is in the service of
Miloshevics regime which held Kosovo. Miloshevics fascist war has as
its goal to create crisis and wars and he escalated it to his level, the
level of the government and military doctrine. I do not consider the
Serbian people and the Serbian regime to be the same. Kosovo has been
treated as a colony since the Serbian state has been formed. The Serbian
people will also not be able to see the light while Milosevic is at its
head. The Serbian people must decide. If they want death or Milosevic.
The earlier they start to organize themselves the better it will be for
them. The independence of Kosovo is in the interest of Serbia. While
Kosovo was treated as a colony, the Serbian people had a fascist regime.
I do not recognize this court and I do not want to answer any questions.
I will only answer to the court of my people. That is why it is of no
matter to me how long a sentence I will get. Ten, twenty, thirty or
forty years it is all the same to me. I have finished.
After a few reprimands on the translation and misinterpreted words by
the judge Albin added.
-I worked as the secretary to Adam Demaci for two reasons. Firstly,
because I wanted to contribute to the Liberation Army of Kosovo in
fighting the war and secondly out of respect towards the Adam Demaci
who is a symbol of Albanian resistance. I have done everything
voluntarily, with dignity and I am proud of it. If I had a chance to do
it all over again I would not change anything, I would do all the same.
Since no proposals for presentation of evidence were made by any side.
(Albin did not answer the questions, but his lawyer in the line of duty
did) the court adjourned to prepare the final statement. After a few
minutes it continued the session and decided to adjourn for a few days
to prepare the final verdict. The next session was set for 13th of
Translator Shkeljzin Kruezija translated a few time "against the Serbs"
instead of "against the Serbian regime" and the judge attempted to
misinterpret some words. Albin continued a part of his attempt in
Serbian because of the bad translation. No evidence was presented to
prove the charges nor proposals for the presentation of evidence. We can
only wait until the 13th of March.
Women in Black
Albin Kurti was convicted on 15 years of prison. Stasa Zajovic, Women in
Black activist, attended the trial and will be reporting on the issue.