URGENT request - SPanish speaker?

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Fri Sep 24 16:22:31 MDT 1999



I have and want to post in English a report from Spanish forensic experts
indicating that the stories of atrocities committed by Serbs are vastly
exagerated or fabricated.  I have a deadline on this, to get it to web sites
that reach many, besides posting it on Emperos-clothes, whcih I can do at my
disrection...

I have the Spanish version and an English translation that may be imperfect.
Could anyone who is proficient check the two and please send me correction of
any errror in the English?  Please do this as soon as possible.  Thanks very
much.  Here is the Spanish  followed by a valiant attempt at English.


23 septiembre
1999 - Nº 1238
  EL PAIS

Policías y forenses españoles no hallan pruebas de genocidio al norte de
Kosovo
Los presos de Istok fueron tirot eados tras el bombardeo de la OTAN

PABLO ORDAZ, Madrid
Crímenes de guerra, sí; genocidio, no. Así de tajante se mostró ayer el
equipo de expertos españoles -formado por funcionarios de la policía
científica y forenses civiles- que acaba de volver de Istok, la zona al norte
de Kosovo bajo control de la Legión. Los 187 cadáveres encontrados y
analizados en nueve aldeas estaban enterrados en fosas individuales,
orientadas la mayoría hacia La Meca -para respetar las creencias religiosas
de los albanokosovares- y sin señales de tortura. "No había ninguna fosa
común... A lo mejor los serbios no son tan malos como nos los han pintado",
reflexionó el forense Emilio Pérez Pujo
l.
No fue su única ironía. También cuestionó las sucesivas cifras que vienen
ofreciendo "los aliados" sobre la tragedia de Kosovo: "Yo voy leyendo los
datos de la ONU", dijo Pérez Pujol, director del Instituto Anatómico Forense
de Cartagena, "y empezaron con 44.000 muertos, luego bajaron a 22.000 y ahora
van por 11.000. ¡Ya tengo ganas de ver al final cuántos hubo realmente...!".


La misión española, que deberá elevar ahora un informe al Tribunal Penal
Internacional de La Haya, partió desde Madrid a principios del mes de agosto
con la sensación de que se encaminaba al infierno. "Nos dijeron que íbamos a
la peor zona de Kosovo, que nos preparáramos para practicar más de 2.000
autopsias, que tendríamos trabajo hasta finales de noviembre; el resultado es
bien distinto: sólo encontramos 187 cadáveres y ya estamos de vuelta",
explicó de forma muy gráfica el inspector jefe Juan López Palafox,
responsable de la sección de Antropología de la Policía Científica.


Tanto el forense como el policía apelaron a su experiencia en Ruanda para
asegurar que lo ocurrido en Kosovo -al menos en la parte encomendada al
destacamento español- no se puede calificar de genocidio. "En la ex
Yugoslavia", dijo López Palafox, "se han producido crímenes, algunos sin duda
horribles, pero derivados de una guerra; en Ruanda vimos 450 cuerpos de
mujeres y niños, unos sobre otros, en una iglesia, todos con el cráneo
abierto". El inspector jefe añadió que en Kosovo, por el contrario, se han
encontrado muchos cadáveres aislados: "Da la sensación de que los serbios
daban opción a las familias para que abandonaran el hogar. Si algún miembro
del clan, por las razones que fuera, decidía quedarse, al regresar se lo
encontraban muerto, de un tiro o de cualquier otra forma".


Uno de los cometidos de la misión española era aportar luz sobre lo sucedido
en la prisión de Istok, bombardeada a finales de mayo por los aviones de la
OTAN. El equipo dirigido por López Palafox y Pérez Pujol tenía que desvelar
la siguiente incógnita: ¿quién mató a los más de 100 reclusos, las bombas de
la OTAN o los disparos de los soldados serbios? La respuesta, según los
primeros estudios, es compleja. Algunos de los cadáveres analizados tienen
restos de metralla y, por tanto, parece claro que perecieron bajo el
bombardeo, pero otros murieron de disparos limpios, quizá de ráfagas de
metralleta. La tesis más ajustada es que, tras el bombardeo, los presos
supervivientes intentaron huir y fueron tiroteados por los guardianes
serbios.

ENGLSH


El Pais
PABLO ORDAZ, Madrid
Spanish police and forensince experts have not found proof  of Genocide in
the North of Kosovo. Prisoners [in the prison in] Istok were shot after the
bombardment of NATO.

Crimes of  War - yes, GEnocide - no.  This was definitely shown yesterday by
the group of Spanish experts formed by officials from the Scientific Police
and Civilian  Forensics.that has just returned from Istok,  the Zone in the
North of Kosovo under the control of the Legio. [Spanish Legion??]  187
cadavars found and analyzed in 9 villages were buried in individual graves,
oriented  for the most part toward Mecca out of respect for the religious
beliefs of the ALbanian Kosovars and without sign of torture.  "There were no
mass graves.  For the most part the Serbs are not as bad  as they have been
painted," reflected the forensic official Emilio Pérez Pujo.

That was not the only irony. Also questioned were the sucessive counts that
are being offered by the "allies" on the tragedy of Kosovo.  "I have been
reading the data from ONU," {What is ONU - the UN?] said Pérez Pujol,
Director of the Forensic Anatomicical Institute of Cartagena.  "And they
began with 44,000 deaths.  Then they lowered it to 22,000.  And now they're
goiing with 11,000.  I look forward to seeing what the final count will
really be."
The Spanish Mission which should now submit a report to the International War
Crimes Tribinaul in the Hague, left from Madrid in the beginning of the month
of the August with the feeling that they were going on a road to hell.  "They
told us that we were going to the worst zone of Kosovo. That we should
prepare ourselves to perform more than 2000 autopsies.  That we would have to
work until the end of November.  The result is very different.  We only found
187 cadavars and now we are going to return," explained the chief inspector,
Juan López Palafox, responsible for the section (?) of Anthropooogy and
Scientific Police.

The forensic people, as well aas the poilice, applied their experience in
Rwanda in order to determine what occurred in Kosovo at least in that section
assigned to the Spanish detachment and they were not able to find evidence of
genocide.

"In the former Yugoslava, " said López Palafox, "crimes were commited, some
no doubt horrible,
but they derived from the war.  In Rwanda we saw 450 corpses of women and
children, one on top of another, all with their heads broken open."  The
Chief Inspector added that in Kosovo, on the contrary, they had found many
isolated corpses. "It gives the impression that the Serbs gave a choice to
the families to leave their homes .  If some member of the clan, for whatever
reason, decided to remain, upon returning they were found dead from a shot or
by whatever other method."

One of the members of the Spanish mission shed light on the events of the
prison of Istok which was bombarded at the end of May by the NATO planes.
The work ,directed by López Palafox and Pérez Pujol was to solve the
following mystery: who killed the more than 100 prisoners - the bombs of NATO
or the bullets of the Serbian soldiers?  The  answer, according to the
preliminary studies, is clear.  Some of the cadavars analyzed had shrapnel
wounds and therefore clearly appeared to have been killed by the bombardment.
 But others died of clear clean bullet wounds, perhaps from bullets or
shrapnel (???)
The most likely thesis is that after the bombardment, the prison inmates
tried to flee and were shot by  Serbian guards.












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