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How will you plead at your trial, Mr. Annan?

A secret UN report accuses the UN and NATO of creating a regime of racist gangsterism in Kosovo

Introductory note from Emperor's Clothes: Since NATO and the UN have occupied Kosovo, the Kosovo Liberation Army has become government and police force. For months we have documented the creation of a Nazi-like terror throughout the province. (Some relevant articles are listed under Further Reading)

Now the 'London Observer' has released excerpts from a confidential report on Kosovo written for UN Chief Kofi Annan. It confirms our charges; its existence proves that UN leaders know what they have done in Kosovo.

Kofi Annan received this report two weeks ago. Yet he did not immediately suspend Bernard Kouchner and institute an emergency investigation. By failing to act Annan confirms his share of responsibility, along with the heads of the NATO countries and the on-the-scene NATO and UN officials. When Annan is put on trial for abetting monstrous crimes against the ethnic minorities (and anti-secessionist Albanians) in Kosovo will he plead that he was 'just' obeying U.S. commands?

And how can we who are citizens of NATO countries respond to this report except to demand that the UN and NATO leave Kosovo now? Let the Yugoslav Army back in so it can re-establish a non-fascist, truly civil society.

The 'London Observer' report follows.

-- Jared Israel

Revealed: UN-backed unit's reign of terror
Kosovo 'disaster response service' stands accused of murder and torture

John Sweeney and Jens Holsoe Sunday
March 12, 2000 'The Observer' (London)

Murder, torture and extortion: these are the extraordinary charges made against the UN's own Kosovo Protection Corps in a confidential United Nations report written for Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The KPC stands accused in the document, drawn up on 29 February, of 'criminal activities - killings, ill-treatment/torture, illegal policing, abuse of authority, intimidation, breaches of political neutrality and hate-speech'.

The 5,000-strong corps, funded by UN members including Britain, has a 30 million aid budget for Kosovo. It was set up to provide 'disaster response services'; instead, says the UN, it has been murdering and torturing people.

The UN's own damning verdict on its newly created civil defense force is fresh evidence of the failure of Special Representative Bernard Kouchner to establish the rule of law in Kosovo. Many of the corps's recruits came straight from the Kosovo Liberation Army, set up to meet the violence of Slobodan Milosevic's police with violence.

Nato's intervention last June saw the departure of armed Serbs from Kosovo, but violence and gangsterism by Albanian extremists has not stopped. The report's grim message is that the UN is paying the salaries of many of the gangsters.

The report covers the period from 21 January, when the corps formally came into being. Under the heading 'killings', the UN says: 'Dragash: two members of the KPC and three others were arrested by UN police in connection with the killing of an ethnic Gorani (11 February).'

There are three charges of ill-treatment and torture: in Pec, a man was beaten senseless in the KPC's headquarters, suffering head injuries and severe bruising from a rifle butt. The victim had been attacked in a newspaper article, written by a former fighter in the KLA. In Prizren, a man from the Torbesh minority - a group of Muslim Turks suspected by the Albanians of collaborating with the Serbs - was kidnapped and beaten up by a KPC member and three other men.

Also in Prizren, the KPC stands accused of using torture to obtain confessions. After two men arrested on suspicion of stealing cars were handed over to UN police, they 'complained they had been severely ill-treated. Subsequent medical examinations corroborated the victims' allegations'. Troops from K-For, the multi-national force, suspended the two alleged torturers from the KPC on 4 February.

The KPC is not a police force, and yet one of the grave concerns raised by the UN report, drawn up by Kouchner's own office, is that members of the KPC are behaving as if they were above the law. The report lists complaints from UN police working for its mission in Kosovo, Unmik.

The KPC has been running protection rackets across Kosovo - in Pristina, Suva Reka, Dragash, Istok and Prizren - demanding 'contributions' from shopkeepers, businessmen and contractors. In Suva Reka, KPC members are alleged to have forced petrol stations to accept coupons rather than money for fuel.

In Vucitrn, the KPC reportedly demanded protection money from members of an ethnic minority, the Ashkali, originally from India. One family member had previously been kidnapped and the family had been bombed.

The KPC has a nice line in death threats, says the UN. Two members threatened to kill K-For interpreters after being arrested by Nato troops in Kosovo. Following the arrests, 20 KPC men mobbed the police station and demanded their release. They were freed the next day.

The KPC may be running prostitution rackets, says the UN. A report was received on 14 February that a high-ranking KPC officer may be supervising a forced prostitution racket running out of the Drenica Bar, close to the Srbica KPC training camp.

The KPC is led by General Agim Ceku, who comes in for fierce criticism from the report. His earlier pledges not to tolerate any criminal behavior by KPC members and to expel anyone who violates the law are mocked by the report, and Ceku, who was formerly a senior commander in the KLA, comes in for personal criticism.

Under the heading 'Activities against minorities, including hate speech', Ceku is criticized for being present at a walk-out staged by Albanian members of the KPC when a speech was translated into Serbo-Croat - the language of the Muslim Slav minority suspected by the Albanians of collaboration with the Serbs.

The report comments: 'It was the clear opinion of those present that this was a premeditated action. The speeches of General Ceku and that of the regional KPC commander were not those agreed upon in advance. The men spoke of the war and loyalty to the "country" - 10 February.' Such a speech would contradict the policy of the UN, the general's paymaster.

Further Reading...

* The KLA is operating as the proxy arm of the U.S. government in Kosovo. See "Why is the KLA Shooting at KFOR?" at http://emperors-clothes.com/analysis/whyisthe.htm

* We now have documented proof of our charge that the OSCE verifier mission was a cover for spying and for CIA liaison work with the KLA. See "The Cat is Out of the Bag!" at http://emperors-clothes.com/news/ciaaided.htm

* One of the clearest examples of what NATO and the UN have created in Kosovo is the situation in Orahovac:

The article, "The Women of Orahovac answer the Colonel," deals with claims made by Dutch KFOR (NATO) Commander van Loon that his troops are doing a good job. Women from Orahovac answer Col. van Loon. http://emperors-clothes.com/interviews/trouw.htm

The article, "Save the families: The women of Orahovac speak" includes in-depth interviews http://emperors-clothes.com/misc/savethe.htm

* Under NATO and UN control the KLA has terrorized non-fascist Albanians. See "An Albanian Tragedy: Stranger in Belgrade" at http://emperors-clothes.com/interviews/albanian.htm

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