December 30th 2011 05:31:48 AM
OK, so here we have another one of these rare cases where a country is actually considering honoring Serbia’s request for extradition of a Serb-killer, going even further against the grain by dismissing the cartoonish notion that Serbia’s efforts are “motivated by the accused’s social group, race, belief or nationality”.
And sure enough, we have the Albanian protest that goes with it: Protests in Kosovo over Swiss extradition (swissinfo, Dec. 28)
Around 100 people have demonstrated outside the Swiss embassy in Kosovo against the planned extradition of a Kosovan freedom fighter from Geneva to Serbia.
The man, a former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army, is accused of committing war crimes in 1999 against Serbian civilians and Albanians. He says he was in Macedonia at the time the crimes were committed.
He was arrested in Vevey in Switzerland in April and Serbia filed a request for his extradition in March. The Kosovan justice minister sent a letter to the Swiss authorities in May asking them not to go through with the extradition.
The protest outside the embassy in Pristina was staged by an organisation for Kosovan war veterans. Nearly 5,200 people have signed a petition against the extradition. It was delivered to the Swiss justice ministry in mid-December.
The Federal Criminal Court rejected an appeal against the extradition in November, saying there was “no serious reason for thinking that the Serbian authority’s efforts were motivated by the accused’s social group, race, belief or nationality”.
The case can still be passed to the highest court of the land – the Federal Court.
Naturally, on the most rare occasion that anyone dares to impose justice on Albanian violence, there is an immediate uproar.
But let’s see if we have this straight. Here his supporters — acting on his claim that he was in Macedonia at the time of the crimes — are rallying to the defense of a KLA fighter who did *not* commit war crimes.
This is getting confusing. Usually, they defend KLA fighters *for* committing war crimes against Serbs, which by Albanian definition are no crimes at all. (In fact, every kill by the KLA — Serb, Roma or Albanian — in the course of that “clean and just” war was righteous and therefore defensible. ) But here they’re defending him for *not* committing war crimes against Serbs. (Which, by Albanian standards, would make him a borderline criminal.)
And, as they do with regard to the KLAniks whose crimes they don’t deny but simply deny them being crimes, the Albanians are saying this guy is being racially persecuted. So let’s analyze the notion of defining as racism Serbia’s wanting to prosecute Serb-killers. That alone self-defines the Albanian identity as killers of Serbs. (As any number of their youtube videos attests.) If Serbia, which seeks to extradite murderers, is accused of persecuting Albanians for what they are, then what they are is murderers. By their own definition.
Moving a bit north and west, we have another non-Serb extradition case this week concerning crimes in a Balkans war:
The United States on Tuesday extradited a Muslim Bosnian woman suspected of killing six Croats in 1993 during a war that ripped the region apart, the prosecutor’s office in Sarajevo, Bosnia, said. The woman, Rasema Handanovic, 39, is suspected of taking part in the mass killings of Croatian civilians in Bosnia and Herzegovina in April 1993, when she was a member of a special unit of the Bosnian Army, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. More than 100,000 people were killed during the Bosnian war of 1992 to 1995, and Muslims and Croats fought each other in 1993 and 1994 even though they had entered the conflict as allies against the Bosnian Serbs. Ms. Handanovic, who moved to the United States after the war, is accused of executing by firing squad three civilians and three soldiers of the Croatian Defense Council who had surrendered in the village of Trusina, the statement said. Ms. Handanovic is one of only a few women accused of war crimes committed during the Bosnian conflict.
(But let’s recall this other, unforgettable one. And let’s note Sarajevo’s willingness to prosecute their own when it’s a Croat-killer, which is not the case when it’s a Serb-killer.)
My point in mentioning this case: As I tried two years ago to warn the zombies at The Post-Dispatch in St. Louis — which boasts the greatest concentration of Bosnian Muslims outside Bosnia — many of the Bosniaks in our midst lied about their war records (and criminal records) to get into the country, and are potentially dangerous.