Special US Envoy to Yugoslavia
"I condemn the horrible massacre of Serb civilians commited by Albanian terrorists. The United States are shocked by the brutalities in the village of Klecka . Whoever did this must be punished. The United States do not support the armed battles of the KLA and condemn every kind of aggression, as well as the kidnapping of civilians."
Spokesman for the UN Office in Belgrade
"The persons who massacred Serbs in the village of Klecka must be found and punished, because the fight for an independent Kosovo must be through dialogue, not this way. The International Community will send a team of experts to Kosovo, under the jurisdiction of the Tribunal in Hague, who will investigate this recent massacre as well as other crimes."
President of the Association of German Journalists
"Certain German journalists usually subjectively report from Kosovo. The majority of newspapers and media try to present an objective picture of the Kosovo situation using sources from both the Serb and Albanian side. However, many journalists try with their reports to leave an impression that they are very well-informed, which suggests that they were witnesses on the spot, and that isn't true. The most drastic example of such reporting was done by "Di Presse" correspondent, Erih Ruthfelder, who wrote about something that he did not see. He only heard about it, and it was not confirmed."
High Commissioner UN for Human Rights
"I am haunted and horrified by this weekend's images of charred remains in a makeshift crematorium."
Six mass graves and execution grounds near the village of Glodjane .
On September 8, 1998 , the first of the six discovered mass graves, and the execution grounds where Albanian terrorists murdered Serbian civilians, were found near the village of Glodjane .
According to the testimonies given by the apprehended Albanian terrorists, members of the KLA brought kidnapped Serbian civilians to the banks of the channel connecting Bistrica River and Radonjic Lake , shot them and dumped their bodies into the channel. Two female and two male bodies were found on the banks, while an additional 16 were fished out of the channel in various stages of decomposition. One female body was missing half of the scull, and another was riddled with 17 bullet wounds. An additional four bodies were found in a shallow grave 100 meters away. Some bodies floated all the way to the lake, and were recovered there.
Examining Magistrate, Rajko Gojkovic, described the scene as monstrous, since many of the victims were mutilated and tortured before being executed. Several other shallow graves were discovered near Glodjane, with mutilated, beheaded or castrated bodies.
By September 13, 1998 , the bodies of 37 Serb civilians were discovered. The remains of other bodies were found nearby and it is assumed that they were dragged there by dogs, birds and wild animals. The count of killed Serbs is not final.
The KLA, which had a base camp nearby, started executions in the spring of 1998 when, in April, they abducted eight elderly men from the villages of Upper Ratis and Lower Ratis . It is assumed that they were shot to death and buried in the mass graves in Glodjane.
On September 10, 1998 , another killing ground was discovered in Upper Ratis with seven bodies.
Lime Factory Ovens
How Albanian terrorists kidnapped, killed and burned Serbian civilians in the village of Klecka
On August 27, 1998 Serbian police discovered a cremation oven in the lime factory in the village of Klecka , used to dispose of murdered Serbian civilians.
Captured KLA terrorists from Malisevo, Lyan Mazreku and Bekim Mazreku, told the police that in July, 1998 the KLA captured, killed and burned 22 Serbian civilians in the village of Klecka, some 45km Southwest of Pristina. Civilians were put before a firing squad and executed. The lime factory ovens were used in hope that the high temperatures would destroy the evidence. However, several partially burned bodies remained.
Lyan Mazreku admitted that the KLA rounded up about 100 civilians in the village of Orahovac , under the command of Fatmir Lima, Gani Krasnici and Hismi Kilya. They transferred them to Klecka where they proceeded to rape, in front of everyone, all the females, regardless of age, including little children. Also, Lyan Mazreku admitted to raping and cutting off a little boy's ear. He described how people's limbs were amputated, eyes gouged, heads cut off, and various organs removed before they were finally shot.
Bekim Mazreku admitted to having personally killed 5 men, 3 women and 2 children ages 7 and 11 years. He confirmed that a KLA firing squad executed 22 civilians under the directive of Fatmir Lima, Gani Krasnici and Hismi Kilya.
Klecka contained a KLA base including a training camp and a munitions depot. A large amount of weaponry and ammunition was recovered by the police, including anti-tank rocket propelled grenades,as well as humanitarian aid packets provided by the United States. In the village of Klecka, the bodies of 22 Serb civilians were found.