Darko Tasic, a Kosovo Serb who was arrested last year and charged with war crimes against Albanian civilians in 1999, pleaded not guilty at the first hearing on Monday in Basic Court of Prizren.
International prosecutor, Drew Engel, reading the indictment at the first hearing said that Tasic is accused that from 15-27 March 1999, acting as reservist of the Serbian police and paramilitary forces, has set on fire and houses and confiscated goods of the Krusha e Vogel villagers, and desecrated dead bodies by setting them on fire. After reading the indictment by the prosecutor of the Special Prosecution of the Republic of Kosovo, the defendant Darko Tasic, after consulting his lawyer, Dejan Vasic, has pleaded not guilty to all charges of the indictment. Tasic is charged of committing war crimes against Albanian civilians in the village Krushe e Vogel in March 1999. The charges are connected to an attack on the village of Krushe e Vogel which commenced on March 25 1999 by Serbian forces, including police and paramilitaries, in which the civilian population was subjected to brutal and unlawful killings, inhumane treatment, immense suffering, dislocation and displacement, application of measures of intimidation and terror, property confiscation/looting and pillage , desecration and destruction of bodies of victims of Serb aggression; all perpetrated over a two day period. According to Kosovo Special Prosecution the accused was arrested in November 2017 on the basis of an international arrest warrant while attempting to cross the border from Serbia to Kosovo and has been held in detention on remand since his arrest. On 25 and 26 March 1999 113 people in the village of Krusha e Vogel, in the Prizren region were killed in one of the worst massacres of Kosovo war.