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UA 350/94 - Yugoslavia (Kosovo province): fear of torture / ill-treatment: Ganimet Podvorica

, Index number: EUR 70/022/1994

Ganimet Podvorica, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo province, was arrested on 17 September 1994 and is currently held in Pristina on charges of terrorism. There is grave concern that he may be subject to torture or ill-treatment by police.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 70/22/94
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UA 350/94 Fear of torture / Ill-treatment 22 September 1994
YUGOSLAVIA (Kosovo province) Ganimet Podvorica
Ganimet Podvorica, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo province, was arrested on
17 September 1994 and is currently being held in Priština under investigation
on charges of "terrorism". He is reportedly accused of having, together with
other as yet unidentified persons, shot at a police patrol in the town of Glogovac
on 22 May 1993, killing two Serbian police officers and wounding five others.
A machine gun and ammunition were reportedly found at his home.
Amnesty International has received many reports that ethnic Albanians charged
with political crimes have been severely tortured or otherwise ill-treated
by police following arrest, with the aim of obtaining self-incriminating
statements from them. Amnesty International fears that given the gravity of
the crime of which Ganimet Podvorica is accused, and the fact that the victims
were police officers, he too may be severely ill-treated or tortured.
In July this year, a Serbian police inspector, Dragan Mladenovi_, gave an
interview to the Albanian-language section of the German radio station Deutsche
Welle, in which he alleged that high-ranking Serbian police officers were
involved in organized crime, in particular arms and drug trafficking. In this
interview he also reportedly accused a deputy minister of the Interior (of
Serbia) of having organized the shooting of the police officers in Glogovac,
with the aim of provoking conflict between ethnic Albanians and Serbs. According
to a recent report, Dragan Mladenovi_ is himself currently under arrest on
charges of possessing a weapon without license.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters in English, French, German, or your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of Ganimet Podvorica, detained on 17
September 1994 and currently under investigation on charges of terrorist
- seeking assurances that he is not being subjected to torture or any other
form of ill-treatment;
- acknowledging the extreme gravity of the offence with which he has been charged
but noting that torture and other ill-treatment are in all circumstances
prohibited both under Yugoslav national law and under international law.
1. Federal Minister of Internal Affairs
Vukašin Jokanovi_
Ministar za unutrašnje poslove
Savezno ministarstvo za unutrašnje poslove
Kneza Miloša 92
Beograd, Yugoslavia
Faxes: +381 11 235 1005
Telexes: 11 448 siv yu or 11 185;
Telegrams: Savezno ministar unutrašnje poslove, Beograd, Yugoslavia
Salutation: Dear Minister
2. Head of police for Kosovo province
Pokrajinski Sekretarijat za Unutrašnjih Poslova
Kragujeva_ka 4
38000 Priština, AP Kosovo i Metohija, Yugoslavia
Telegrams: Nacelnik, Pokrajinski SUP, Priština, APKM
Salutation: Dear Chief of Police
1. District Public Prosecutor
Okru_ni javni tu_ilac
38000 Priština, AP Kosovo i Metohija, Yugoslavia
2. Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and Freedoms, Priština:
Xhavit Mitrovica 15
38000 Priština, Yugoslavia.
3. Humanitarian Law Fund
Terazije 6/III
11000 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
and to diplomatic representatives of Yugoslavia accredited to your country
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 3 November 1994.

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