Rep. Lee Zeldin Releases Statement on 16th Anniversary of the Executions of the Bytyqi Brothers
Washington, DC – On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – Shirley), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released a statement on the 16th anniversary of the executions of the Bytyqi brothers who were from Hampton Bays, New York.
“Today, we remember Ylli, Agron, and Mehmet Bytyqi, of Hampton Bays, NY, who were senselessly and brutally murdered 16 years ago in Serbia,” Congressman Zeldin said. “Since I took office in January, my office has been working closely with the Bytyqi Family to help them receive the justice and closure they deserve after 16 years.”
In July of 1999, three brothers, Ylli, 25 years old, Agron, 23 years old, and Mehmet Bytyqi, 21 years old, who were born in the United States, and resided in Hampton Bays, NY, went overseas towards the end of the Kosovo war and were arrested when they accidently crossed into Serbian-controlled territory. The brothers were arrested by Serbian authorities for illegally entering the country and brutally executed shortly after.
While Serbian authorities have investigated the deaths of the brothers, there have been no charges brought against those responsible for these murders.
Congressman Zeldin recently introduced a resolution (H.Con.Res.51) in the House of Representatives, with fellow House Committee on Foreign Affairs members Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY), and Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), regarding the execution-style murders of the Bytyqi brothers.
Congressman Zeldin concluded, “Together, as Americans, we must seek justice for these brutal murders. The Government of Serbia, and all relevant parties, must hold accountable those responsible for the executions of the Bytyqi brothers. The United States should also provide the resources necessary to fully assist with this effort because a 16 year fight for justice is far too long.”
A copy of the resolution can be found here.