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Period: Yugoslav Wars

Region: Sumadia


Aberdareva street 1999



The crime in Aberdareva street was committed by NATO pilots on April 22, 1999 in their aggression against SR Yugoslavia when they launched deadly rockets on building of RTS (Radio Television of Serbia) in Aberdareva street, Tašmajdan, Belgrade. As a result, 16 employees of RTS were killed and 20 were wounded.

For the first time in the history of war, a media house has been hit, previously marked as legitimate military target.

For this crime nobody was persecuted, not even for command responsibility.

What’s more, Serbian authorities make steps towards establishment of diplomatic relationship with the North Atlantic Alliance despite open discontent of the nation.

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

Paid liar: Villiam Walker

 

Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1992-2003)  is the third country created by the end of April, 1992 during breakdown of SFRJ after proclamation of the Constitution in Žabljak by delegates of Serbia and Montenegro. At this time, intense war was in progress  in what is today Croatia between the forces of Republic of Croatia and Serbs from Krajina who had already created Republic of Srpska Krajina. Bloody war in Bosnia and Herzegovina was fought between Muslims, Croats and Serbs. War which took place  on the territory west of Drina river ended in summer of 1995 when Dayton Agreement was signed in the USA.

Soon after, American arm companies began to actively support Albanian separatists from Kosovo and Metohija by establishing terroristic camps in Republic of Albania where they provided Albanian terrorists with arms and logistics. This led to creation of Albanian KLA whose members were illegally transported on the territory of SR Yugoslavia for the sake of plundering, smuggling, destabilization of public peace and safety, and provoking more serious combats with police and the Army of Yugoslavia.

In Spring of 1998, conflicts between Albanian terrorists and Serbian policemen and soldiers became more frequent and intense finally resulting in open war in summer of 1998, with a lot of casualties from both sides.

Albanian separatists were supported by the western countries all the time. NATO sent threats about its intervention and in order to avoid it Belgrade was supposed to decrease the number of policemen and soldiers in Kosovo. In Autumn of 1998, NATO began to accumulate its soldiers and technic in Vardar Macedonia and Republic of Albania. By Miloševiš-Holbruk” Agreement aggression against SRJ was avoided on October 13, 1998.

Next year, on January 15, 1999, a confrontation broke out between Serbian police and Albanian terrorists in the village Račak, Štimlje municipality. This was falsely reported by the western media on the order of William Walker, the chief of Kosovo Verification Mission, that Serbian policemen killed Albanian civils. This case served as a trigger for aggression and bombing of SRJ after many attempts to avoid it by negotiations between Serbian representatives and Kosovo Albanians. As these failed, American General Vesli Klark ordered bombing, a genocidal action known as “Merciful Angel”.

 



 


CRIME

On March 24, 1999 at 20:45 NATO aircrafts launched bombs on the territory of SR Yugoslavia, initiating aggression of the North Atlantic Alliance against this European country. Cities that they attacked were: Belgrade, Priština, Lučani, Đakovica, etc. As the aggression continued, almost every city and town was bombarded, civils were being killed, including children, and property, cultural and historical monuments, plants, bridges, churches were being destroyed.

There were indications that leading members of the Armed Forces Command of SRJ held information about possibility of NATO’s attack on RTS, but that they chose to conceal it because destruction of building and killing of employees should have served in propaganda war. It should be noted that the Army held many foreign reporters in its headquarters who were reporting on bombing of SRJ for their countries.



They held accurate information about the day of bombing of RTS building. Moreover, from the beginning of  April, Colonel Tim Marshal gave statements that RTS was possible military target. He shared the information with managers of RTS Dragoljub Milanović and Miodrag Komrakov, who angrily replied to mind his own business. On April 23, 1999 at 2:05am NATO aircrafts launched bombs on building of RTS in Aberdareva street, Tašmajdan, Belgrade. It caused huge material damage and day later bodies of 16 employees were taken out of ruins and 20 people were heavily wounded.

The reason for bombing of RTS was later formulated as this: “RTS had significant role in spreading of moral and optimism among the people of SRJ”.

 


 

NAME OF VICTIMS

 

  •     Jelica Munitlak (28), makeup artist
  •     Ksenija Banković (28), vision mixer
  •     Darko Stiomenovski (26), transmission technician
  •     Nebojša Stojanović (27), master technician
  •     Dragorad Dragojević (27), security guard
  •     Dragan Tasić (31), electrician
  •     Aleksandar Deletić (31), camera operator
  •     Slaviša Stevanović (32), technician
  •     Siniša Medić (32), program designer
  •     Ivan Stukalo (34), technician
  •     Dejan Marković (39), security guard
  •     Milan Joksimović (47), security guard
  •     Branislav Jovanović (50), master technician
  •     Milan Janković (59), precision mechanic
  •     Tomislav Mitrović (61), program director
  •     Slobodan Jontić (64), video editor


 

 

AFTER CRIME

In Tašmajdan, the monument was erected in memory of 16 employees of RTS with their names carved in and inscription “WHY?”. Every year on April 23 the family and friends of innocent employees gather at the monument in Tašmajdan for religious memorial service, lightening candles and saying prayers in homage to their memory.



After overturn of the Regime on October 5, 2000,  the indictment was raised against Dragoljub Milanović who performed duty of general manager of RTS in the period of 1995-2000, by the family members of RTS employees who died that fatal night on April 22/23 , 1999. The indictment alleged that he hadn’t followed the regulation of Federal Government, failing to displace people and technique out of the range of bombs. District court in Belgrade found Milanović guilty in June 2002 and sentenced him to 10 years of prison, yet allowed him to wait for final decision at freedom. He immediately escaped and hid in Montenegro where he was arrested during the police action “Sword” in 2003. At first, he had nice treatment in prison but after protests of the families of victims his privileges have been cancelled. Yet, it must be noted that Dragoljub Marjanović is the only person tried for this case.

The families of victims submitted remonstrance in 2006 and 2009 to the Special War Crimes and Criminal Court in connection with involvement of then State and Military Leadership of SRJ, but they have never got response. They still search for the truth. In memory of Siniša Medić, one of the victims who lived in Kaluđerica, his neighbours decided in 2010 to dedicate him the street in which he lived.

 



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