NATO Pilot Beaten in Zurich

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( — April 2, 2017) — Zurich, Switzerland – Serbian media reported about the incident in Zurich, where a British RAF pilot allegedly got beaten by a Serb.

The incident reportedly happened in a café “Hilt” just outside the Serbian Embassy, after Serbian national, Rade Stancic, overheard a conversation the pilot was having with his friend, an undisclosed politician. According to a friend of Stancic that brought the story, the pilot looked towards the Embassy and loudly bragged how he bombed Serbia in 1999 air strike.

The Serbian newspaper Blic, which belongs to the portfolio of Swiss-German integrated media company, Ringier Axel Springer, reported that Stancic approached the pilot, and asked if he really bombed Serbia in NATO air strike that took place in 1999. After the pilot confirmed, Stancic asked the pilot if he realizes how many innocent people and children were killed during the bombing.

The cocky pilot stood up and replied “Yeah, so what?”

That was the last drop for Stancic, who then charged his opponent with his fists flying around, in front of the pilot’s friend, who stood in shock, motionless.

Stancic knocked out the pilot who fell on the floor. According to Stancic’s friend, the Serb then told the pilot he would remember bombing Serbia “every time he looked in the mirror”, then threw a few more punches.

After the fight, Stancic ran away before the police came to the scene. The pilot ended up in a hospital with cuts, bruises and contusions.  

The police stormed to Stancic’s apartment to arrest him, only to find out that he had already gone to the police with his attorney and surrendered. Stancic admitted he attacked the pilot and broke the law, although he didn’t show any remorse.  

Stancic is described by his friend as a great patriot, and a quiet, non-aggressive family man committed to his children.  “No one knew what would happen next,” Stancic’s friend told Blic.

Many people in Serbia who otherwise do not support violence of any kind, urge the state to provide the best legal services to Rade Stancic, a man who just couldn’t play numb. Serbian authorities did not officially react to this story.

The controversial NATO intervention in Serbia was never approved in the U.N. NATO’s 72 days bombing campaign which involved 1,000 aircrafts with over 38,000 combat missions which destroyed a great deal of Serbia’s infrastructure and industries. Thousands of civilians were killed when facilities were “mistakenly” bombed, including hospitals and public transportation, which a NATO spokesman referred to as “collateral damage.”