The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) responded to the lawsuits filed against it last year and this year with the High Court in Belgrade, on behalf of cancer patients, as a consequence of NATO bombing with depleted uranium in Serbia, calling for immunity.
Nis lawyer Srdjan Aleksic, who represents the plaintiffs, said that after months of waiting for any response, without which he could not start the process, NATO only stated in its response that the Alliance has immunity.
Aleksic expects the trial to be scheduled for October, and points out that he will dispute NATO’s allegations then.
In the past 15 months, the Belgrade High Court has received three lawsuits against NATO seeking compensation for a police officer and two reservists who were in Kosovo and Metohija in 1999, after which they contracted cancer as a result of our country’s depleted uranium bombing.
By the way, on the occasion of the upcoming trials, the Italian lawyer Angelo Fiore Tartalja will soon arrive in Serbia with the specialist in legal medicine and insurance, Dr. Rita Celli.
Dr. Celli specializes in forensic psychopathology, and was a consultant to the Commission of Inquiry – the effects of depleted uranium, nanoparticles and the military population employed in peacekeeping missions, who were in Kosovo and Metohija during the NATO bombing.
Celli was a member of the commission of experts who worked on determining the cause-and-effect connection between the depletion of depleted uranium and the illness of people who found themselves in Kosovo and Metohija in 1999.
It determines from blood samples whether soldiers suffering from cancer are the result of heavy metal bombing.
Aleksic emphasized that he would insist that Dr. Celli also provide expertise to his clients and that the same evidence as in Italian lawsuits be presented in court in order to harmonize court practice.
Tartal’s Italian lawyer received 253 final verdicts against the Italian Ministry of Defense, on lawsuits he represented on behalf of Italian soldiers suffering from cancer because they were on a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and Metohija at the time of the NATO bombing.
Following the example of Italy, the lawsuits are asking the Belgrade court to award compensation to the NATO account of around 100,000 euros due to cancer due to depleted uranium poisoning.
Along with the lawsuits, a proposal for mediation was submitted, ie a peaceful solution to the court dispute.
About 3,000 potential clients have so far addressed Aleksic’s office, who want to seek compensation from NATO on this basis, and among them there are Albanians from Kosovo and Metohija and southern Serbia.
Aleksic reminded that two decades after the aggression on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the citizens of the territory most exposed to depleted uranium particles, on which 15 tons of depleted uranium were dumped, are now facing the consequences of an increase in cancer patients. what do the final judgments before the Italian court say, in which the causal link and the responsibility of the Republic of Italy have been established.
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