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May 21, 2015 4:43 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Zeldin Joins Hampton Bays Family In Quest For Justice In Sons' Deaths

May 26, 2015 8:52 AM

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin introduced a resolution last week reaffirming the federal government’s commitment to tracking down the people responsible for the death of three Hampton Bays men in Serbia nearly 16 years ago.

In 1999, brothers Ylli, Agron and Mehmet Bytyqi, all of whom had been living in Hampton Bays, were imprisoned by the Serbian government and ultimately executed while on a peace mission in the area following the Kosovo War.

Mr. Zeldin’s resolution, introduced last Thursday, May 21, calls for the Serbian government to make finding the people responsible for the execution a priority. The resolution also calls for the United States to contribute whatever resources it has available to aid the investigation and goes as far as to say the future of U.S.-Serbian relations should be contingent upon the examination.

The resolution resembles a similar document submitted to the House Foreign Affairs Committee by former U.S. Representative Tim Bishop last summer. Before losing his reelection bid to Mr. Zeldin, Mr. Bishop had been working with the Bytyqi family—including the men’s father, Ahmet, and their brother Fatose—who have been petitioning the federal government for help since Ylli Bytyqi, 25, Agron Bytyqi, 24, and Mehmet Bytyqi, 21, were all found in a mass grave, bound and with bullet wounds in their heads.

Mr. Zeldin said he picked up the effort shortly after arriving in Washington, D.C.

“Since taking office in January, my office has been working closely with the Bytyqi family,” Mr. Zeldin wrote in a prepared statement. “I introduced this resolution in the House because the Bytyqi family should receive the justice and closure they rightfully deserve. The Serbian government must hold accountable those responsible for the senseless murders of the Bytyqi brothers.”

Jennifer DiSiena, a spokeswoman for Mr. Zeldin, said the congressman thinks his position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee will give his resolution more clout than that of Mr. Bishop’s.

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Sounds like a hollow politician PR move.
By HB90 (151), southampton on May 22, 15 10:37 AM
Except to the Bytyqi family, of course.

And of course you made the same cynical comment when Zeldin's predecessor Tim Bishop offered up a nearly identical resolution last summer, yes?
By Frank Wheeler (1798), Northampton on May 22, 15 1:03 PM
Let's hope justice is done for the Bytyqi family. That was a huge loss.
By Infoseeker (266), Hampton Bays on May 22, 15 3:45 PM
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And what came of Bishop's resolution? I feel terrible for the family. That's why it bothers me when politicians exploit their tragedy for PR. Zeldin is a republican. Bishop is a democrat.
They're all the same.
By HB90 (151), southampton on May 22, 15 10:12 PM
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This matter has now reached Joe Biden's office, . The family has done all the work, no politicians needed.
By wmdwjr (74), east hampton on May 23, 15 1:37 AM
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How about Zeldin spend some time on our Veterans? Our Veterans come back from the Middle East with no future, poor health, and little help.
From what I read the three brothers joined the KLA, which was known as terrorist group during the Kosovo war. They decided to join the war on foreign soil not as a member of the US military. They joined an army that has had hundreds of complaints of burning churches, executing Woman, and children, and every other senseless atrocity that goes with war. ...more
By chief1 (2533), southampton on May 26, 15 4:24 PM