URGENT request - SPanish speaker?

Julio Fernández Baraibar julfb at SPAMsinectis.com.ar
Fri Sep 24 18:06:08 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 forensics 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??] (I
don´t understand in the original what they mean with 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 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
> going 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 Tribunal 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.  "T
hey
> 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 cadavers and now we are going to return," explained the chief
inspector,
> Juan López Palafox, responsible for the office of Anthropology and
> Scientific Police.
>
> The forensic people, as well as the police, 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 Yugoslavia, " 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 of
machine guns. 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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