The Pavlovic Today has obtained a letter from Peter Petković, Director of the Office for Kosovo, in which he requests the EULEX Mission in Kosovo to establish circumstances surrounding the death of three ethnic Serbs in Banjska on September 24, 2023.
Petković has called for EULEX involvement and the formation of an independent commission to conduct autopsies in Priština.
“We request that you ensure that the autopsies to be carried out in Priština are also attended by an independent team comprising international forensic experts, including at least one expert delegated by the Serbian side,” the letter reads.
The rationale for an independent commission, as explained by Petković, is a “reasonable suspicion” that the Serbs in question were “brutally executed after they had surrendered” The Director of the Office for Kosovo noted that this is particularly relevant to the case of Igor Milenković.
Petković also states in the letter that “sniper weapons were used” and that it seems that certain individuals were killed at “close range.” He therefore urges EULEX to ensure transparency in the investigation.
The full letter can be read below.
During a press conference held on Thursday, Peter Petković questioned why EULEX was denied participation in the investigation of these tragic events.
Petković alleged that EULEX was not allowed to participate in the Banjska investigation because, as he claimed, “the Kosovo Police wanted to conceal the fact that Serbs were brutally murdered there.”
He asserted that Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Interior Minister Dželjalj Svecčlja were attempting to hide this information and stated that Serbia possesses evidence supporting these claims.
Furthermore, he raised concerns about the apparent silence surrounding the events in Banjska, asking, “Why hasn’t EULEX issued a statement?”
The Pavlovic Today reached out to EULEX for comment but had not received a response at the time of publication.
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