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Brother of 3 Americans slain in Serbia in 1999 seeks justice

  • FILE - In this March 3, 2002 file photo, a KLA-Kosovo Liberation Army honor guard stands besides the coffins of, from right, Ylli Bytyqi, Agron Bytyqi and Mehmet Bytyqi, during a wake held in the Bronx borough of New York City. A brother of the slain Bytyqi brothers accused Serbia's leaders on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, of protecting the killers and refusing to bring them to justice despite repeated pledges to U.S. officials to do so. (AP Photo/Shawn Baldwin, File)

    FILE - In this March 3, 2002 file photo, a KLA-Kosovo Liberation Army honor guard stands besides the coffins of, from right, Ylli Bytyqi, Agron Bytyqi and Mehmet Bytyqi, during a wake held in the Bronx borough of New York City. A brother of the slain Bytyqi brothers accused Serbia's leaders on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, of protecting the killers and refusing to bring them to justice despite repeated pledges to U.S. officials to do so. (AP Photo/Shawn Baldwin, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Fatos Bytyqi, a brother of three American citizens slain after fighting in Serbia in 1999, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. Bytyqi has accused  the Balkan country's leaders on Tuesday of protecting the killers and refusing to bring them to justice despite repeated pledges to U.S. officials to do so.   (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Fatos Bytyqi, a brother of three American citizens slain after fighting in Serbia in 1999, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. Bytyqi has accused the Balkan country's leaders on Tuesday of protecting the killers and refusing to bring them to justice despite repeated pledges to U.S. officials to do so. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Oct. 24, 2003, former Police Gen. Goran Radosavljevic Guri stands in front of Serbia's elite police troops during a protest in downtown Belgrade, Serbia. Fatos Bytyqi, a brother of three American citizens slain after fighting in Serbia in 1999, said Tuesday Nov. 1, 2016, that all evidence his legal team has collected points to the main suspect being former Police Gen. Goran Radosavljevic Guri. Radosavljevic has denied involvement, saying he was on a hunting trip when the Bytyqi brothers were killed. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    In this photo taken Oct. 24, 2003, former Police Gen. Goran Radosavljevic Guri stands in front of Serbia's elite police troops during a protest in downtown Belgrade, Serbia. Fatos Bytyqi, a brother of three American citizens slain after fighting in Serbia in 1999, said Tuesday Nov. 1, 2016, that all evidence his legal team has collected points to the main suspect being former Police Gen. Goran Radosavljevic Guri. Radosavljevic has denied involvement, saying he was on a hunting trip when the Bytyqi brothers were killed. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

A brother of three American citizens slain after fighting in Serbia in 1999 has accused the Balkan country's leaders of refusing to bring the killers to justice despite repeated pledges to do so.

The Bytyqi brothers, Ylli, Mehmet and Agron, left their Brooklyn, New York pizza business to fight with ethnic Albanian rebels against Serbia's rule in Kosovo. They were arrested at the end of the clashes when they strayed into central Serbia. Their bodies were discovered in a mass grave in 2001.

Their brother Fatos Bytyqi told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has repeatedly promised American officials that Serbia would solve the case.

Bytiqi says Vucic called for patience. "I say patience for 17 years? This case is not from yesterday."