A primary allegation against the Accused in the Indictment is that he participated in a Joint Criminal Enterprise, i.e. common plan, which, as noted earlier, had the alleged purpose of changing the ethnic balance in Kosovo. This objective was to be achieved through criminal means consisting of a widespread or systematic campaign of terror and violence against Kosovo Albanians and which included the crimes charged.
At the time of the events alleged in the Indictment the Accused held the office of Assistant Minister of Internal Affairs of Serbia. As Chief of the Public Security Department, he commanded and exercised effective control over in particular, the Special Police Units (PJP) and of the Special Anti-terrorist Unit (SAJ) of the police force.
According to the Court
In the large majority of cases the victims, including many women and children, were civilians, who were unarmed and not in any way participating in any form of armed conflict. I would emphasize that this trial is not concerned with members of the KLA killed in combat with Serbian forces. However, some of those murdered may have been members of the KLA but, when killed, they were prisoners of the Serbian forces, unarmed and unable to participate in any form of armed conflict. No attempt was made to identify or arrest individuals, for the purpose of investigation or trial as terrorists or suspected terrorists.
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