RMK Ahmeti Should Face Criminal Charges For Vejce Massacre
October 13, 2001
Investigation into Vejce Massacre, where Albanian terrorists ambushed,
tortured and killed 8 Macedonian defenders still inconclusive, but the
mastermind that laid the groundwork is widely known
Ahmeti Should Face Criminal Charges For Vejce Massacre
The investigation so far has not resulted in any evidence that a police
insider signaled the patrol's departure and revealed its route, say
By Natali N. Sotirovska
Translated by Aleksandra Ilievska
Ali Ahmeti should be held accountable for the massacre near Vejce since it
was him who ordered the atrocity irrespective of whether mujahedins or
Kosovars or Macedonian citizens of Albanian ethnic origin were its direct
perpetrators, who may not even be alive, say sources directly involved in
the investigation into this case.
On April 28 of this year, eight members of the special police and army
forces were killed and massacred after Albanian extremists ambushed their
The investigation so far has not come across any evidence to underpin the
ever louder information, backed by the parents of the killed soldiers as
well, that somebody signaled the patrol's departure and gave away
information on its route.
- We continue to examine this information, even though we have no evidence
as yet. During the inspection of the site of the atrocity, carried out the
day after, a motorola was not found, as was claimed by certain media - say
The investigation revealed that every day the patrol set out at the same
time and moved along the same route. That, according to the sources, was
also registered by the Albanian terrorists who then planned the attack.
- The autopsy demonstrates that only one member of the Macedonian security
forces was killed in the first attack of the Albanian extremists. The others
were monstrously tortured and then set on fire. At the site of the crime, th
ere were found missiles of automatic rifles, rocket launchers, a gun and a
knife. The forensic inquest also disclosed how many Albanian terrorists took
part in the attack and the massacre - say investigation sources.
The investigation is currently being conducted against unknown perpetrators
of the most severe forms of terrorism.
In the correspondence addressed to those responsible for the investigation
into this crime, the families of the killed "Tigers" and "Wolves" demand
answers to their questions of why security measures were not taken, why
their sons and husbands were sent in a dangerous mission in light vehicles
with only two doors and so on.
- Statements were taken from the families of the killed, as well as from
some surviving members of the patrol. In the further course of the
investigation, interrogation has also been suggested for senior officers in
the ministries of interior affairs and defense - sources say.
The families of the killed, through their legal representative, lawyer Ignat
Panchevski, have recently announced that they have initiated prosecuting
procedures against officials, former and present politicians in the two line
ministries on grounds of not taking steps to secure the patrol. Among them,
as was said, there are "political representatives of the perpetrators of the
crime." Lawyer Panchevski announced that he would reveal the names of the
eight suspected officials in the interior ministry and the ministry of
defense once the decision to grant amnesty to terrorists was taken.