Professor Rita Celli of the University of Rome has found that in two Serbian citizens suffering from malignant tumours, the amount of depleted uranium was 500 times higher than the usual doses in the human body.
Lawyer Srđan Aleksić says that this is clear evidence that Serbian citizens were exposed to the deadly effects of depleted uranium during the 1999 NATO bombing.
The tests were carried out on a woman who was in close proximity to the building housing the Ministry of Defence in Belgrade in 1999 who later fell gravely ill and on a now deceased soldier who fought in Kosovo in 1999. His family demanded justice and referred the entire case to the Aleksić law firm in Niš.
Dr Celli established that the amount of depleted uranium in the bodies of those two people was 500 times higher than the average in any other country in the world.
“After these results, which for us are fundamental evidence in court, we hope to win a civil court case and get compensation for victims who died as a result of NATO bombing in Yugoslavia. We work as we do in Italy. In the case of Italian soldiers who spent time in Kosovo and fell ill, all of the court verdicts have been in their favour. We have hired foreign experts, including Rita Celli, to help us with our claim. No NATO lobbyist can dispute these findings, namely that large quantities of depleted uranium were found in the bodies of the victims. It is time to show what they have done to us and the illnesses they have caused,” Aleksić said.
To remind, the first civil lawsuit with a claim for compensation for all victims of the illnesses caused by the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia was submitted to the High Court in Belgrade on 20 June 2021. The first hearing in Belgrade is scheduled for 16 October this year, and lawyers have so far collected more than 3,340 individual claims by the victims of the NATO bombing.
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