BIRN asked the prosecution to comment but received no response.
The accused deny everything The police investigation revealed the names of more than 20 people involved in the cover-up – both low-ranking and senior officials.
Borisavljevic is currently a senior official at the Serbian interior ministry and during 2006 was briefly head of its war crimes investigation unit.
He also told BIRN that he did not take part in the operation but did not want to comment further. Several witnesses including former interior ministry driver Bozidar Protic and a former police officer called Radomir Djeric have testified at the Hague Tribunal and in Serbian courts that police colonel Goran ‘Guri’ Radosavljevic, who was the head of an armed interior ministry forcecalled the Gendarmerie, was present several times when corpses from Kosovo were delivered to the Petrovo Selo police centre, where he was also the commander.
Slobodan Borisavljevic, the former head of Public Security Department chief Vlastimir Djordjevic’s office, was in charge of paying the men who were involved in the removal operation.
In a statement to police in 2001, he said he got the money from Djordjevic.
Several former Serbian fighters have been prosecuted in Belgrade for massacres in Kosovo villages in 1999, but not for the subsequent covert removal of the victims’ bodies.
The truck had no licence plates, just a logo suggesting that it belonged to the PIK Progress Export Slaughterhouse from the Kosovo town of Prizren.
A frogman sent down to explore reported that driver’s seat was empty and a stone had been placed on the accelerator pedal.
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