PRISTINA – Kosovo authorities are finishing preparations for erecting a monument to the ex Head of OSCE Mission in Kosovo William Walker, on January 15 2017 in the village of Racak.
RTK in Albanian language reported that the monument to the American diplomat will be unveiled “in the memorial complex on the 18th anniversary of the massacre in Racak”. Kosovo Albanians, as reported, in this way want to “express gratitude and respect to Walker for his contribution in proving that Albanian civilians were killed in Racak and not extremists”.
In the village of Racak, namely, were found bodies of 45 Albanians, for whose murder the then OSCE mission accused Serbian security forces without proof. The event, even though it was never determined whether this was a massacre over civilians, crucially influenced the NATO decision to bomb the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
That there was no blood at the alleged “murder scene,” and that Walker three times prevented the Serbian forensic pathologist, Dr. Marinkovic, from investigating the scene, indicates that the justification for bombing and invasion of Serbia was nothing but a big lie.
All reports of the Serbian side stated that Albanian KLA (UCK) terrorists were killed in Racak, but in the West the event was qualified as a crime against civilians and served as an excuse for NATO bombing.
Ambassador Walker told the media the purported massacre was “the most of horrific thing he has ever seen.” No one seemed to recall the fact that during Walker’s mandate in El Salvador [in the 1980s], the Death Squads decapitated thousands of victims. According to the testimony of priest Daniel Santiago, the heads would then be mounted on pikes. William Walker kept silent about these atrocities because the perpetrators were trained by the US and sponsored by the CIA.
The truth about Racak remained hidden from the world public primarily because the complete report of the expert team of the European Union was delivered to the then Presidency in Bonn was never published. According to the investigating judge Danica Marinkovic, it was then determined that there was no massacre and that those killed were not Albanian civilians but KLA members, and there is a considerable evidence with photographs, including weapons found in the village.
What is known as “Racak case” was fabricated at the time when negotiations at Rambouillet were in crisis, because Belgrade authorities had not agreed to implementation of a kind of protectorate of the Western military alliance over Serbia. Key role in this played the then head of the verifiers of the OSCE mission, William Walker who, without waiting for the report on the investigation, nor team of Finnish pathologists, immediately accused Serbian forces for “the massacre of 45 innocent Albanian civilians” in front of the cameras of the world media.
The goal was to provide understanding of the world public and win over still reluctant Western governments for the aggression against Yugoslavia, which began on March 24 without the decision of the UN Security Council. In contrast, three forensic teams – Yugoslavian, Belarus and Finnish – determined that the bodies of those killed in the village of Racak contained only gunshot wounds, and from a distance.
The pathologists found only six bodies had suffered a single gunshot wound, with most being covered in multiple wounds. The trajectories showed the bullets coming from many different angles and elevations. Very few of the dead appeared to have been shot at close range. And in contrast to the claims by Walker, no evidence of deliberate disfigurement of the bodies was found.
These findings would tend to support those eyewitnesses who reported that there had been violent clashes between Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) forces and Serbian units near Racak the day before the bodies were found, and that the dead may have been killed in this firefight. OSCE observers and journalists who visited the village immediately after the fighting did not report finding any signs of a massacre and the 40 bodies were only discovered some 12 hours later.
The Serbian authorities denied their forces had carried out any executions in Racak, and said the bodies could well be those of dead KLA fighters. Dr. Sasa Dobricanin, a Yugoslavian pathologist who worked alongside the Finnish team, told the press, “Not a single body bears any sign of execution.”
The full report by the Finnish pathologists remains under lock to this day.
An interview broadcast by Germany’s main television channel with Dr. Helena Ranta, the leader of the EU Forensic Experts Team (EU-FET), indicates the pressure placed on her at the time to go along with charges that a “crime against humanity” had taken place. She told ARD that she was “conscious that one could say that the whole scene in this small valley was arranged. Because this is actually a possibility. This conclusion was included in our first investigation report, and also in our later forensic investigations, which we made in November 1999 directly in Racak. And we passed on this conclusion directly to the Court of Justice in The Hague. Walker came to Racak on Saturday, and it was his personal decision to speak about a ‘massacre’. I systematically avoided using this word.”
“Racak was at that time a stronghold of the KLA. I am convinced that there is enough information in order to establish that armed engagements between the Serbian army and the KLA took place there. There is no doubt about this. Moreover, I was told, and I was also able to read the information myself about the fact that KLA fighters were killed there on this day.”
On the hands of 37 out of 40 bodies were found gunpowder particles using paraffin gloves method, which proves that those killed handled firearms shortly before death, or that they participated in combat. After Slobodan Milosevic presented evidence before the Hague Tribunal that in the village of Racak was conducted combat against Albanian terrorists, and that those killed were members of the illegal KLA, the case was erased from the accusations against General Nebojsa Pavkovic, Vladimir Lazarevic and others.
On March 19, 1999, President Bill Clinton told the world’s press, “We should remember what happened in the village of Racak back in January, innocent men, women and children [the pathologists’ report shows only one of the dead was aged under 15, and only one was a woman—RT] taken from their homes to a gully, forced to kneel in the dirt, sprayed with gunfire—not because of anything they had done, but because of who they were.”
Five days later NATO planes, headed by the US, began bombing Belgrade.