George Pennefather poseidon at
Wed Oct 13 08:19:23 MDT 1999

October 13, 1999

No Bodies at Rumored Grave Site in Kosovo


RISTINA, Kosovo -- War crimes investigators have found nothing in a Kosovo
mine shaft where hundreds of bodies were rumored to be hidden, the
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has said.

"They found absolutely nothing," a tribunal spokeswoman, Kelly Moore, said
on Monday.

Rumors that Serbian forces had hidden the bodies of up to 700 ethnic
Albanians in the Trebca lead and zinc mine, near the northern city of
Mitrovica, had been circulating for months. Tribunal experts had brought in
special excavation equipment to investigate the rumors, which had been
widely reported in the Kosovo media.

The Hague-based tribunal has indicted President Slobodan Milosevic of
Yugoslavia and four other senior Yugoslav and Serbian officials on war
crimes charges stemming from the Serbian campaign of violence against
Kosovo Albanians earlier this year.

Forensic scientists with the tribunal have investigated more than 150 mass
grave sites across the Serbian province in the last few months and have
hundreds more suspected sites to examine.

Louis Proyect

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