US Government Designates Vucic Ally’s Entire Family for Sanctions

December 18, 2018 – Today, the United States Department of State designated Goran “Guri” Radosavljevic and his entire family for Section 7031(c) designations for Guri Radosavljevic’s gross violation of human rights. Radosavljevic, a primary suspect in the state-sponsored murder of three American citizens and other war crimes during the Kosovo War, is on the Executive Board of Vucic’s governing SNS political party and a close Vucic ally.
Praveen Madhiraju, advisor to the Bytyqi family said this:
“President Vucic is willing to sacrifice the future of the Serbian people for war criminals. He protects a war criminal responsible for the murders of three American citizens and much more at a time when Serbia is trying to prove itself a reforming country. Today, the United States sent an initial signal that it will neither forget his promises nor stand for his double talk.”

Ilir Bytyqi

Ilir Bytyqi, a surviving brother said this:

“What makes President Vucic think that we will give up? What makes him think that the United States will forget that the Serbian government tortured and murdered my three brothers? I want to thank Secretary Pompeo and the State Department for taking this initial step to show that the Trump administration will not allow my brothers’ murders to be swept under the rug.”
President Vucic has promised US officials and the Bytyqi family that he’d resolve the case on a number of occasions for the past five years, even privately naming Radosavljevic as one of two people primarily responsible for the Bytyqi murders. However, in public and in fact, he keeps Radosavljevic under his protective wing within Vucic’s SNS political party, a fact noted by this House letter to VP Pence and alluded to in H.Con.Res. 20, which passed the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee in the summer 2018.

The full text of the State Department’s notice:

Public Designation of Goran Radosavljevic Under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2018 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act

The Department is publicly designating Goran Radosavljevic of Serbia under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2018 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Act, due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights. Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States. Radsosavljevic was credibly implicated in the 1999 murder of the Bytyqi brothers, three Albanian-American brothers killed in Serbia after the Kosovo War.

The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their family members. In addition to the designation of Mr. Radosavljevic, the Department is also publicly designating Mr. Radosavljevic’s spouse, Svetlana Radosavljevic, and his daughter, Ana Radosavljevic. (Source: United States Department of State.)

 

Members of the Bytyqi family, center, stay close to the caskets of Ylli, left, Agron, center, and Mehmet Bytyqi, during funeral services in a parking lot in Yonkers, New York, Monday, March 4, 2002. The remains of the three Long Island brothers, who fought with the Kosovo Liberation Army in their parents’ homeland of Kosovo, were exhumed from a mass grave in the town of Petrovo Selo in Serbia last summer. Soldiers of the former Kosovo Liberation Army flank the caskets. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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