Members of the Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS) and its branch in Kosovo (DNKiM) accompanied by Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Ambassador Jan Braathu placed on Friday a memorial plaque dedicated to their missing colleagues, Radio Pristina journalists, Djura Slavuj and Ranko Perenic for the eighth time, KoSSev portal reports.
The memorial plaque was placed where the two journalists were last seen in August 1998 in the village of Zociste, near Velika Hoca.
The President of the Association of Journalists of Serbia in Kosovo, Budimir Nicic expressed hope that this is the last time this plaque is placed and that “this will no longer be a symbol and example of the failure of the institutions that were supposed to discover the perpetrators which have been demolishing it.“
“The police managed to find out who had demolished the memorial plaque the last – the seventh time, “ Nicic said, stressing this will no longer be tolerated. He added he expects from the prosecution and the court “to give the maximum sentence” to the perpetrators.
Secretary-General of the Association of Journalists of Serbia, Nino Brajovic sent a message to “those who have demolished this plaque seven times,“ that they will not discourage them in their “efforts to find out the truth, to find our colleagues, and to ensure the justice.“
Snezana Perenic, the wife of the missing journalists Ranko Penezic was also present and said “there is no good will to solve this case.”
Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Ambassador Jan Braathu underlined that coming here again is a traumatic experience because the plaque was first laid in August 2012 on the place where the journalists went missing. He also expressed hope that this eighth plaque will be the last.