Vučitrn massacre

The Vučitrn massacre was the mass killing of Kosovo Albanian refugees near Vučitrn, during the Kosovo War on 2-3 May 1999.

Vushtrri massacre
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Location of Vushtrri in Kosovo
LocationVushtrri, Kosovo
Date2-3 May 1999 (Central European Time)
TargetKosovo Albanian refugees
Attack type
Mass Killing
PerpetratorsSerbian Police


A column of about 1,000 refugees were travelling in a convoy of about 100 tractors, who were fleeing fighting between the KLA and Serbian forces east of Vučitrn.[1] Serbian Police and paramilitary forces caught up with the convoy that traveled south. On 2-3 May between Gornja Sudimlja and Donja Sudimlja (Albanian: Studime e Eperme and Studime e Poshtme) near Vučitrn, an estimated one hundred men were killed.[2]

ICTY investigator Romeu Ventura stated that 120 civilians were murdered on 2 May by Serb forces and buried two days later in a mass grave five miles east of Vučitrn.[1] After the war, ICTY forensic teams discovered 98 bodies in Gornja Sudimlja.[2]

The Vučitrn case was raised at the trial of Serbian police general Vlastimir Đorđević.[3] The indictment against Đorđević says that some 105 Kosovo Albanians[who?] were killed in the massacre near the village of Sudimlje on 2 May 1999.[4] Đorđević was sentenced to 27 years in prison.[5]


  1. ^ a b Bruce, Cabell (August 15, 1999). "Serb war criminals seize north Kosovo". The Independent.
  2. ^ a b "Vucitrn (Vushtrri) Municipality". Under Orders: War Crimes in Kosovo (PDF). Human Rights Watch. 2001. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  3. ^ "Vlastimir Đorđević Convicted for Crimes in Kosovo". ICTY. February 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "POLICE CRIMES IN VUCITRN". SENSE Tribunal. January 4, 2009.
  5. ^ "Case Information Sheet: Vlastimir Đorđević" (PDF). ICTY. Retrieved December 25, 2015.

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