BELGRADE – Wreaths were laid and candles lit in downtown Belgrade last night at the memorial to the 16 Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) employees killed in a NATO air strike in 1999.

Family members, colleagues and friends gathered in Belgrade’s Aberdareva Street at 2:06 am – the exact time of the deadly strike 17 years ago – to pay their tributes, also observing a minute of silence.

The commemoration was attended by RTS CEO Dragan Bujosevic, Chairman of the Board of Directors Vladimir Vuletic and Association of Journalists of Serbia President Ljiljana Smajlovic, the RTS reported.

On April 23, 1999, NATO hit the RTS building with two highly-destructive missiles. In 2000, Human Rights Watch said that there was no justification to target the broadcaster’s headquarters.

NATO chiefs maintained that the attack was justified.

A special commission of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia that also investigated the case did not propose that the Office of the Prosecutor launch criminal proceedings.