June 2009

Which is related to what I call the Sparabic, or Muslino, phenomenon (Muslim + Latino = Muslino).

Did you know that there are only 1,000 Muslims in Bolivia, a country of 9.7 million? And yet — SHOCKINGLY and AMAZINGLY — Bolivia made news this week as a hotbed of extremism. It must be because Islam’s violent messages catches on with only a tiny minority of Muslims:

Bolivia Becoming a Hotbed of Islamic Extremism, Report Concludes

“There’s a theory that they may believe — Latin America, particularly with its Leftist leanings in recent years, may be more receptive to the anti-American-type rhetoric that we’ve been accustomed to hearing from Iran.”

(Sparabic-related posts here, here and here. Communislam phenomenon here and here.)

In a February item that seems to have been reported only in France, an Albanian-French woman was involved in a terrorist attack against French tourists in Cairo. Following is a Google translation of this French item:

The Egyptian Ministry of Interior announced Saturday the arrest of seven members of a cell affiliated with Al-Qaeda responsible for the attack which killed a French girl on February 22…in the edge of the bazaar Khan el-Khalili in Cairo. Suspects arrested (a Belgian of Tunisian origin suspected of having been tasked to prepare the attacks in France, a Briton of Egyptian origin, a French woman of Albanian origin, two Egyptians and two Palestinians) were in possession of explosives and ammunition, said the ministry.

The cell was called “Islamic Army of Palestine”, added the ministry. It was led by two Egyptians living abroad, and recruited activists from Egypt under the guise of study. She [sic] “was trying to organize terrorist operations in the country and abroad.” The Belgian suspect told police he had been instructed to travel to Belgium and then he had to go to France accompanied by other members of Al Qaeda to commit an attack. Some suspects were told they had received orders to commit attacks against tourist sites and pipelines in the Sinai Peninsula. Some members of the cell had traveled to the Gaza Strip to receive military training…according to the same source.

A young Frenchwoman, aged 17, was killed in the attack and 24 people were injured, including 17 French, three Saudis, three Egyptians and one German. As a first step, the police announced the arrest of three men suspected of involvement in the attack, but no charges had been announced against them. The bomb was placed under a marble bench, [on] which had come to sit the young Frenchwoman.

As Robert Spencer would say on JihadWatch, “tiny minority” alert:

U.S. Muslims debate how much to help FBI
Monday, April 6, 2009

A petition organized by a Newark nonprofit urging Muslims to limit social outreach with the FBI has provoked a national debate within the Muslim community about how to deal with law enforcement.

The curb proposed by the petitioners - eliminating joint FBI town halls and other meet-and-greet events - is largely a response to the FBI’s restricting its work with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest Muslim civil rights group.

The petitioners say their stand on behalf of CAIR, which has an extensive presence around the country and in the Bay Area, has larger meaning for all Muslim institutions.

“We’re fighting against being relegated to second-class citizenship,” said Agha Saeed, chairman of the Newark-based American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections, the coalition of national Muslim organizations that issued the March 17 petition.

Let me just point out here that this CAIR on whose behalf Muslims are expressing indignation, and which they apparently feel does represent them, is the same CAIR that tried to make it possible to identify and sue John Doe samaritans who report suspicious behavior. (See the case of the Flying Imams.) More recently — though both these examples are just drops in the bucket — CAIR asked President Obama to curb freedom of speech in the country. Back to the original article:

…A federal official speaking on condition of anonymity told The Chronicle that the FBI is limiting its contact with CAIR because one of its founders was named as an “unindicted co-conspirator.”

“If CAIR has done something wrong, they should be tried in a court of law,” said Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, a coalition of 70 mosques. The group collectively issued a statement on Feb. 11 saying it would stop doing social outreach with the FBI because of the agency’s new policies toward CAIR. […]

In “True Blood,” HBO’s hit series about vampires, one of the messages is that “they’re not all like that.” Meanwhile, the society in the show grapples with whether it can live with vampires in its midst. The main vampire Bill is a good one, demonstrating that truly, “They’re not all like that.” But that doesn’t keep people from dropping like flies and others from being “converted” to the vampire species, which demands loyalty to its own kind above humankind — and has its own, parallel system of rules and laws.

The immediate problem, however, is that it is the vampires’ nature to kill. For them, not killing takes more restraint than it does for others. And when vampires “nest” together (the good vampire Bill purposely lives alone), it’s a recipe for chaos in the town that they happen to live in.

All of which underscores that living among vampires is like navigating a mine field. Consciously or subconsciously on the part of the writers, the show — based on a best-selling series of books — is a parable for our times.

It’s a 2006 item that I never got around to blogging, but notice how little attention a mosque getting fired upon by a shoulder-launched missile gets when it’s done by the Muslims’ fellow Nazis, whon the U.S. got to align with each other to kill Serbs

Missile hits Bosnia mosque
10 October 2006 | 17:14 | Source: Reuters

Mostar — A missile fired from a hand-held launcher damaged a mosque in the southern Bosnian town of Mostar.

The incident occured on Tuesday just before worshippers were due to gather for a pre-dawn Ramadan meal, officials said.

The mosque is in the Jasenica area, a Croat-majority suburb of the town which is split evenly between Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats. It was built last year on the ruins of an Islamic building destroyed in the fighting in 1993-1994 between the two groups.

The missile was fired from a “Zolja” hand-held grenade launcher at around 4:30 a.m. local police said. Nobody was hurt.

Local Islamic leader Salem Dedović said the missile was launched from a position about 100 metres (yards) away from the building minutes before believers were due to rise for their pre-dawn meal during the fasting month of Ramadan.

“The mosque suffered considerable damage,” Dedović told Reuters by telephone from Mostar.

He said the explosion damaged the main entrance, front windows and domes as well as the back windows and facade.

Mostar was heavily damaged in the wartime fighting that also claimed the town’s landmark 16th century stone bridge.

Notice also how the passive verb tense is used. That is, the act of launching a missile is not overtly attributed to any specific party. As in “Serbs Destroy Bridge”, the way a headline read in the 1990s about that landmark bridge, which was destroyed by the Croats. Now that we know this, of course, the way to refer to its destruction is to not attribute it to anyone. And so we have “…the wartime fighting that also claimed the town’s landmark 16th century stone bridge.”

As in the case of the missile and the mosque, we aren’t told who is responsible — there are no bold assertions when Serbs aren’t involved. We are told only that Croats live in the neighborhood.

Similarly, in a report that appeared a month later, notice how the word “nationalism” does not appear in describing the Bosnians who were engaged in an uproar over the arrest of a Bosnian war criminal, setting up roadblocks and demanding his release.

Bosnia makes arrest over war crimes
3 November 2006 | 11:11 | Source: Reuters

SARAJEVO — Authorities made an arrest on Thursday over alleged war crimes committed by Croatian and Muslim-led Bosnian army troops.

The alleged crimes were committed against Serb refugees, depicted in a video aired in August.

The amateur footage showed ethnic Serbs from Croatia being harassed by Croatian and Bosnian troops while fleeing Operation Storm, a Croatian army offensive in 1995.

“One person was arrested and handed over to the prosecution on the suspicion that he committed a war crime against prisoners of war,” the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) said in a statement.

The agency would not confirm Bosnian media reports that the suspect was Bosnian Muslim Sefik Alić, a wartime army commander. His arrest in the town of Bosanska Krupa caused an uproar, with locals putting up roadblocks and demanding his release, Bosnian media said.

The video of the alleged war crimes was broadcast by Bosnian television stations. Some Bosnian media reports said other parts of the video, not broadcast, showed killings.

Another video aired in August showed Bosnian Muslim general Atif Dudaković on a battlefield, allegedly ordering soldiers to burn Serb villages. Bosnia’s state court has said it is investigating the allegations against Dudaković, who has dismissed them as politically motivated and called the recording fabricated.

The videos have been welcomed by Serbs as a rare vindication. Widely seen as the aggressors in the wars that tore apart the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, they say the West is biased and has long ignored the crimes committed against them.

More Serbs have been convicted or indicted for war crimes committed in the period than members of other Yugoslav ethnic groups, but Croatians, Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats have also been convicted of war crimes against Serbs.

Finally, can you imagine the ruckus that would ensue if a Serbian war criminal escaped after being convicted? You’d have no idea that high-profile Croatian ex-commander Branimir Glavas fled to Bosnia last month after being convicted for war crimes.

From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, November:

Child Soldiers Of The Balkans

Children playing with toy guns in Sarajevo in 1996

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child categorically prohibits involving children in war operations. But despite international conventions, minors continue to be used as soldiers in military conflicts around the world. Europe is no exception — thousands of child soldiers fought during the Balkan wars between 1991 and 1995.


Did the world finally get wind of its Nazi identity? Or of its glorification of war criminals? Perhaps word got out about the daily assassinations there? Or did U.S. media finally learn how deadly it is to be a female tourist in Croatia?

You guessed correctly: None of the above.

Instead, the MSM has taken notice because the country has stitched together a pair of jeans that even I could fit into:

ZAGREB (AFP) – A pair of jeans the size of six tennis courts, stitched together from thousands donated for charity, should be recognised by Guinness World Records as the biggest anywhere, organisers said on Sunday.

“We’ve made the world’s largest pair of jeans!” the Cockta Jeans Fashion project said on its website.

“People were bringing in their old jeans… and sponsors were immediately giving money for humanitarian purposes,” project head Boris Juric told national television.

The denims were put on display in Croatia’s capital Zagreb on Saturday after they were assembled from 8,023 unwanted pairs and auctioned off over the last few months.

They have a leg length of 45 metres (148 feet) and a total width of 34 metres and were sewn up in a local factory.

For each pair of donated jeans, the project paid seven kunas (1.30 dollars or 90 euro cents) to a local association providing therapy to disabled people.

You think President Mesic gathered up all his ministers and had a storming session (get it? STORMing session) — and they were like, “Hmmm. We need something to distract the EU from the fact that we’re a country of unrehabilitated, proud Nazis with a corrupt people/government; daily assassinations; glorifying of war criminals; and dead tourists…Let’s think hard here…think…think…wait…I think I got it: Yes!…YES!…A GIANT PAIR OF JEANS!….GENIUS!!!

Well, at least it’s better than wearing dead Serbs , which is what used to comprise Croatian fashion.

One of these days I plan to do a blog titled “Scenes from a Trial,” about the 2007 trial of the Albanian terrorist and former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj. The post will be a collection of the threats against, and deaths of, Albanian witnesses during that trial to ensure that it’s a farce — invisible to American eyes and ears but stamped with approval by the U.S., which desperately tried to prevent the trial from even happening (as it did the trial of terrorist and former Kosovo prime minister Agim Ceku).

But in the meantime, to give a taste of the singular phenomenon that is “justice” in the Balkans — and helping to explain, in part, the regional saying “He lies like an Albanian witness” — is the following scene from a 2005 page of the Milosevic trial, at which all the same thuggery ruled. Unlike at the Haradinaj trial, where Albanian prosecution witnesses were targeted, at the Milosevic trial those in danger were Albanian defense witnesses.

by Andy Wilcoxson, August 18, 2005

Defense witness Muharem Ibraj completed his testimony at the trial of Slobodan Milosevic on Thursday. Mr. Ibraj was the head of the Local Security force in the Djackovica municipality [in Kosovo]. He was cross-examined by the prosecution and subsequently re-examined by president Milosevic.

During the cross-examination the prosecution accused Mr. Ibraj, himself an ethnic Albanian, of being a participant in Slobodan Milosevic’s alleged conspiracy to cleanse Kosovo of its Albanian population.

During the cross-examination, [prosecutor] Mr. [Dan] Saxon tried to get the witness to say that Serbia was a repressive state where people were arrested for their political beliefs. Mr. Ibraj denied that and said that anybody could be involved in politics and that nobody was arrested for their beliefs. He said that the police only arrested criminals.

During his re-examination the witness reiterated his testimony that he was elected by the local population to hold his post in the Local Security. The people elected him to maintain law and order in the village of Osek Hila in the Djackovica municipality. He was appointed by the president of the municipality to be the head of the Local Security in the entire municipality.

The witness pointed out that all of the prosecutor’s accusations came from people who were not even in his village. He said that if he were the sort of vicious monster that they made him out to be, then people from his own village would have given statements against him.

After Mr. Ibraj concluded his testimony, Saban Fazliu took the witness stand. Mr. Fazliu is a Kosovo-Albanian who worked as a forest ranger in the Urosevac area of Kosovo. He was a loyal citizen of Yugoslavia who gets along well with the Albanian and non-Albanian population. Because of his tolerant attitude he suffers awful persecution at the hands of Albanian nationalists.

When Mr. Fazliu first went to The Hague five months ago to prepare to give evidence, Albanian terrorists kidnapped his 16-year-old daughter, and he has not seen her since.

When Mr. Fazliu told the court that his young daughter had been kidnapped because of his testimony, the reaction from the bench was shocking. Judge Robinson cut the witness off and directed Milosevic to move to another line of questioning. The so-called “presiding judge” didn’t even care about the sort of awful pressure that is being exerted on Kosovo-Albanians so that they will lie against Serbia.

In spite of the great danger to his own life and his family, Mr. Fazliu testified and told the truth. He said there are many more Albanians like him, but they are afraid of what will happen to them if they testify. He told the court, “I know that I am already dead after I testify.”

According to Mr. Fazliu’s testimony, Albanian nationalism began to gain strength in Kosovo during the 1970s. He said that his village was 50% Serb and 50% Albanian in 1975, but that Serbs began to leave in the 70s and 80s, and today there are no more Serbs left.

The witness said that Albanian nationalists, together with some Albanian clan leaders, promoted the idea of greater Albania through concerts and social gatherings.

Mr. Fazliu testified that in 1991 certain Albanian clan leaders ordered the Albanian population to break off all contact with Serbs. Mr. Fazliu explained that he ignored the order and worked with a Serbian family tending fields in his village. On his way home from work that night he was insulted by a group of Albanian nationalists. The next morning, a group of Albanian nationalists came to his house and tried to beat him up. Luckily, he had a pistol and was able to fend off his would-be attackers.

By 1998 Mr. Fazliu was working in the mountains around Urosevac as a forest ranger. He said that 1998 was when he began to see small KLA groups smuggling drugs and weapons in the mountains. He said that they were usually operating in groups of three or four people and that most of them did not have uniforms.

He said that the KLA had grown considerably by 1999 and that the size of their groups had grown much bigger. He saw them in the mountains with their weapons preparing for the war; they were digging trenches and building bunkers. He said that he saw between 100 and 150 KLA terrorists in the village of Racak before the war.

Mr. Fazliu explained that the KLA was a group of terrorists and criminals. He said that the KLA, together with NATO, was responsible for the war and the humanitarian disaster in Kosovo.

He said that the KLA prepared the entire exodus from Kosovo so that they could blame the Serbs for it. He said that refugee camps were being prepared in Macedonia and Albania as long as six months before the war.

Mr. Fazliu told the court that it was the NATO bombing, and not the Yugoslav Army or Serbian Police, which caused the people to flee Kosovo. He explained that the Army and the police wanted people to stay in their homes and even brought them food and humanitarian assistance. He told the tribunal point-blank, “the [Yugoslav] army has done nothing wrong in Kosovo.”

In addition to the terror instilled in the population by the NATO bombing, was the KLA’s order that Albanians should all leave Kosovo. Mr. Fazliu explained that the KLA told the people to leave, and killed anybody who did not obey their orders. He recounted one example where an elderly Albanian man refused to leave his home, so the KLA came to his house and killed him. Then they blamed the Serbs for the killing. The witness explained that the KLA issued orders to the population through certain Albanian clan leaders.

The indictment against Milosevic claims that the Yugoslav Army and Serbian police ethnically cleansed Urosevac, and deliberately destroyed civilian property in the process.

Mr. Fazliu told the court that the indictment is totally wrong. He said that the KLA and NATO attacked Urosevac, not the army or the police.

He said that NATO attacked civilian targets during the war, and the KLA rampaged through the Urosevac area after KFOR occupied the province. He said that the KLA burned the houses of Serbs and Albanians who refused to cooperate with them, and that his own house was among those torched by the KLA after the war.

Shortly after the war, the witness’s son was kidnapped by the KLA. Luckily they let him go after only a few hours.

A friend of the witness was among a group of 26 Kosovo-Albanians kidnapped by the KLA in the municipality of Kacanik. The KLA tortured his friend by stabbing him with a screwdriver. His friend was lucky enough to escape with his life. The other 25 people were not so lucky – the KLA killed them all.

The KLA kidnapped and killed these innocent Albanian civilians simply because they continued to work and live together with the Serbs. Last year an UNMIK court sentenced five of the KLA members involved in the incident to time in prison, the others escaped prosecution by going to Albania.

After Milosevic concluded his examination-in-chief, Mr. Saxon began to cross-examine the witness. Mr. Saxon’s line of cross-examination was weak and nonsensical. In Mr. Saxon’s opinion Mr. Fazilu had no business [reporting] the KLA’s activities to the police after he himself had used a pistol in self-defense.

The witness explained to the prosecutor that the KLA were descended from the fascist Balli Kombetar movement of World War II, and that they were trafficking weapons and drugs. He pointed out the obvious difference between using a pistol in self-defense and trafficking drugs and weapons to support a fascist crusade of ethnic cleansing.

Mr. Saxon will undoubtedly continue to embarrass himself when the cross-examination and the trial continue on Friday.

We condemned Albanians like Mr. Fazliu to an eventual untimely death. U.S.- and German-led NATO made sure that Albanians had nowhere to go but radicalism, nationalism and ethnic supremacism. “Prime Minister” Hashim Thaci — our man in Kosovo — executed six of his lieutenants in 1998 partly because they didn’t share his agenda of eradicating all Serbs from Kosovo.

Radicalizing and supporting the KLA became the only living choice. This helps, in part, to explain why “all Albanians are nationalists.” The rest of the explanation lies in the fact that most Albanians are natural supremacists, as partly evidenced by the wild cheering of the KLA all over the Albanian Diaspora on Feb. 17, 2008.

As for the KLA’s chances for success without the U.S. stepping in, UK writer Neil Clark laid it out in a 2007 article titled “A Crisis of the West’s Own Making” :

Ten years ago, Kosovo was at relative peace. Albanian demands for independence from Belgrade were being channeled through the peaceful Democratic League party of Ibrahim Rugova, while the small groups of Albanian paramilitaries that did exist were isolated and had little public support.

According to a report by Jane’s intelligence agency in 1996, the Kosovo Liberation Army, the most extreme of Albanian paramilitary groups, [did] not take into consideration the political or economic importance of its victims, nor [did] it seem at all capable of hurting its enemy.

It ha[d] not come close to challenging the region’s balance of military power. As late as November 1997, the KLA, officially classified by the US as a terrorist organisation, could, it has been estimated, call on the services of only 200 men.

Then, in a policy shift whose repercussions we are witnessing today, the West started to interfere big time. The US, Germany and Britain increasingly saw the KLA as a proxy force which could help them achieve their goal of destabilising and eventually removing from power the regime of Slobodan Milosevic, which showed no inclination to join Euro-Atlantic structures.

Over the following year, the KLA underwent a drastic makeover…Large-scale assistance was given to the KLA by Western security forces. Britain organised secret training camps in northern Albania. The German secret service provided uniforms, weapons and instructors.

The Sunday Times in Britain published a report stating that American intelligence agents admitted they helped to train the KLA before NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia. Meanwhile, Rugova’s Democratic League, which supported negotiations with Belgrade, was given the cold shoulder.

(Keep in mind, however, that the moderate Rugova had the same ultimate goal as the KLA: land theft and — expansionism — based on nationalism and ethnic supremacy. The difference between him and the radicals is similar to the difference between Fatah and Hamas. Fatah prefers a slower dissolution of Israel, but a dissolution all the same. It should be noted, however, that Rugova was going about this goal through negotiations — the civilized way of international affairs, which the U.S. and NATO have been betraying in the Balkans.)

When the KLA’s campaign of violence, directed not only against Yugoslav state officials, Serb civilians and Albanian collaborators who did not support their extremist agenda, led to a military response from Belgrade, the British and Americans were ready to hand out the ultimatums.

During the 79-day NATO bombing of Yugoslavia that followed, the West made promises of independence to the KLA which, eight years on, are coming back to haunt them.

Had it not intervened in Yugoslav internal affairs 10 years ago, it is likely a peaceful compromise to the Kosovan problem would eventually have been found between the government in Belgrade and the Democratic League. Rugova’s goal was independence for Kosovo from Serbia, but only with the agreement of all parties.

What is certain is that without Western patronage the KLA would never have grown to the force it eventually became.

By championing the most hardline force in Kosovo, the West not only helped precipitate war, but made the issue of Kosovo much harder to solve.

Just a note on the U.S. alliance with a resurgent Germany — which has been guiding the world’s Balkans policies for the past two decades. As an anti-communist, I can understand the strategy of using defeated Nazis and Nazi sympathizers against an emerging new threat — expansionist Communism. But that arrangement was never supposed to morph into the old fascists influencing, and even leading, our policies. Yet that is exactly what we have been witnessing. We see it in the Balkans, where the dissolution of Yugoslavia was payback by Germany against a European people that resisted the most. Meanwhile, Croatia, staunchly on Hitler’s side, in the 90s told us that it was the Serbs who were the modern-day Nazis even as Croatia reasserted its Nazi identity before our very eyes — and we came in on their side. Further, as mentioned by Andy Wilcoxson above, our good friend the KLA is partly descended from the fascist Balli Kombetar, whose members the CIA helped escape from Albania when they found themselves on the losing side of the war. (Read here about “the existence of a virulent Nazi minority among Kosovo Albanians starting in the Second World War…The tragedy of Kosovo is that the US and Germany have brought these forces to full power for the first time since World War II….”) Last but not least, the most dominant force shaping policies worldwide — Islam — has seduced the free world into compromising its very way of life. This would be the resurgent Islam that has been mentored, nurtured and trained by Nazis who escaped Europe to the Middle East after WWII, ensuring that their work would continue.

A little basic psychology here.

When people such as 89-year-old white supremacist James Von Brunn, who attacked the U.S. Holocaust Museum, see the impunity with which Jews are being targeted around the globe by Muslims, it’s only a matter of time before they take an example.

Especially when they see that each “isolated” incident is met with a shrug by the world, which declines to read anything ominous into it; when they see the way authorities struggle and stretch to classify every such incident as non-terrorism; and when they see that the killer’s kind isn’t demonized — but rather defended and even allowed to dictate the terms of the West’s relationship with it — it’s practically an open invitation.

My somewhat tongue-in-cheek article “Razablanca” goes to the point of this dynamic.

After spending his whole life trying to be content to just badmouth Jews and running a website to galvanize people against them — while watching another culture actively killing them as world bodies and leaders reach for a common, middle ground with that culture — Von Brunn finally picked up a weapon.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, former first lady Nancy Reagan reveals the following:

A well-known advocate of [embryonic] stem-cell research, she recently told Vanity Fair that she was surprised she was not invited to the ceremony announcing Obama’s reversal of former President Bush’s policy.

“I would have gone, and you know I don’t like to travel…. Politically it would have been a good thing for [President Obama] to do. Oh, well, nobody’s perfect. He called and thanked me for working on it, but he could have gotten more mileage out of it.”

She also revealed the following:

I miss Ronnie a lot, an awful lot. People say it gets better. No, it does not…. It sounds strange, but … I see Ronnie. At nighttime, if I wake up, I think Ronnie’s there, and I start to talk to him. It’s not important what I say. But the fact is, I do think he’s there. And I see him.

In that case she should ask him about embryonic stem cell research, on which he would surely set her straight. He would explain to his wayward little flower that unethical science backfires. Even though many argue that the embryos are discarded anyway — “so might as well put them to use” — so too were Holocaust victims. Until one mattress company said: “Hey, why waste all this raw material? Why not use the Jewish hair for stuffing? I mean, they’re dead anyway.”

Nice to see that most of the country, including decency icon Nancy Reagan, agrees.

More from the interview:

But she also had kind words for the Democratic president. Even though she voted for Sen. John McCain in last year’s election, Reagan said she “thought Obama ran the best campaign I have ever known — disciplined, well-organized, very, very good. I was very impressed.”

In which case she should ask Ronnie why he’s crying. Because while I don’t see him, since November 4th I can definitely hear him crying.

Bosnian killer called victim of war

One-time fugitive and deportation-resister Elvir Pobric unfairly remains a prisoner of Bosnia’s 1992-95 civil war, which new information will soon prove, his Calgary lawyer said yesterday.

An immigration-refugee board adjudicator made the right decision last week in setting free Pobric, 38, because the Bosnian Muslim is a victim of Serb persecution and a bogus conviction for a double murder there in 1992, said Gavin Grant.

“He was arrested and detained as an enemy, he’s a Muslim arrested by Serbs,” said Grant.

Pobric was arrested in Calgary last month and faces possible deportation, though he was freed from detention during a hearing closed to the public last week.

He’s accused of the execution-style slaying of two men over black market money dealings in the Bosnian village of Velagici and of escaping prison in 1996 — three years before he came to Canada.

But, Grant contends Pobric was released in 1996 from a prison whose nature is uncertain.

“He’s lucky to have survived … his brother was held in a Serb concentration camp,” he said. “I’ll be bringing forward information that’s going to give proof about some of the things he’s gone through, the nature of the trial during the war … we’ve retained a lawyer in Bosnia in the Serb area.”

Another report emphasizes:

A convicted double murderer and Bosnian fugitive — whose secret release from custody in Calgary has sparked national controversy — insists he’s no menace to his adopted homeland.

In other words: “You have nothing to worry about…unless you’re a Serbian-Canadian…then I kill you!”

Another report:

By Sherri Zickefoose, Calgary HeraldMay 16, 2009

A convicted double murderer, Elvir Pobric who escaped a Bosnian prison and came to Canada as a refugee is walking free after being released from custody, the Herald has learned.

Fugitive Elvir Pobric, 37, was secretly freed in Calgary this week, sources say. He is awaiting a hearing with the Immigration and Refugee Board to determine his fate.

Immigration officials tell the Herald the minister’s office is “seething” that the IRB’s decision bans the government from notifying the public that a convicted murderer has been released.

The minister’s office was also “appalled” that the decision was made verbally, without written justifications, insiders say.

Hasn’t the minister learned from the proceedings at the Hague that non-Serb killers from the Balkans aren’t into doing jail time? (e.g. Oric, Haradinaj, Ceku, etc…)

…Without telling the public, the convicted murderer was released until his next appearance.

It’s not apparent where Pobric is residing while awaiting his hearing. Court records list him as having no fixed address.

Pobric was arrested in Calgary on a Canada-wide immigration warrant almost 13 years after he escaped from prison.

Authorities tracked him down after learning he was living as a fugitive with family in Hamilton and Grimsby, Ont.

Pobric was sentenced to 20 years in a Bosnian prison following the April 1992 murders of two men. After shooting them execution-style, Pobric burned and buried the bodies and a car in a garbage dump.He was arrested two days later.

In November 1996, he escaped from jail.

Pobric claimed refugee status when he arrived in Canada in 1999.

Interpol released a bulletin about Pobric in 2005, but Hamilton police had no idea he was in their city until they received a letter from one of his victims’ relatives.

A three-month investigation led police to Calgary, where Pobric was living and working in the aluminum siding business. […]

And some more details:

…Hamilton police received a letter in February from the daughter of one of Pobric’s victims, saying he was living in the southern Ontario city.

Sinisa Bjelan enclosed certified translated court documents outlining the case against Pobric, along with his address.

In broken English, Ms. Bjelan wrote that Pobric had killed her father, escaped and now she wanted to see justice served.

Her father, Sveta Bjelan, and fellow victim Vitomir Oreskovic bought and sold foreign currencies for a living when they met up with Pobric in April 1992.

He took them back to his mother’s house in Velagici and, in the late hours of the night as they counted the money, Pobric drew his pistol and shot them in the back of the head, said Sgt. Michael Csoke, head of Hamilton’s fugitive apprehension unit.

Pobric took the money, hid it, and then drove the bodies to a garbage dump in the woods, burned them and the car, and buried everything with a tractor. He was arrested two days later.

Following his trial, he was sent to a prison to serve a 20-year sentence. He escaped three years later, breaking out in November 1996 and coming to Canada in 1999. […]

Finally, Pobric rejects an interpreter appointed for him after he sniffs out her Serbian first name:

…At his detention hearing, his Vancouver-based interpreter introduced herself over the speaker phone and said she was fluent in both Bosnian and Serbian.

“Can you tell me your name?,” asked Pobric, clad in a blue jumpsuit and handcuffed.

“I’m sorry, I don’t like to have a translator who have a Boza first name OK? That’s a Serbian name,” he added.

The translator, who said her first name was Boza, explained she had been born in Zagrab, Croatia.

“I’m sorry, I need somebody from Bosnia,” said Pobric. [“I can’t have someone with a Serbian name.”] […]

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