The Fairfax County District Attorney today released the results of its investigation into the 2016 massacre at a military prison facility in Albania. After interviewing witnesses and reviewing the evidence, D.A. Ray Morrogh determined that all of the alleged gunmen who caused the deaths of 42 Polish prisoners are now believed to be dead and have fled the country.
But details released today in a letter from Morrogh underscore just how painful a case it is to prosecute. Numerous witnesses, including several asylum seekers who were held captive at the Yongsan Army Base facility in South Korea, said men in masks stormed the barracks after assaulting a guard. Several inmates fought back, it’s been alleged, and killed dozens of prisoners.
The incident began as a 19-day hostage standoff in the Polish section of the prison, and was resolved with the surrender of the attackers, nearly one week later. According to the letter, none of the attackers has been arrested. But no one else involved has either, Morrogh said. He told those responsible to surrender:
“In addition to relying on the information available to you concerning the whereabouts of all of the individuals who were alleged to have participated in this incident, I request your willingness to surrender yourself. [I] request that, instead of traveling to [Poland], you instead surrender yourselves at the nearest Vietnamese consulate in the near future. When [that] has occurred, we will proceed with the arrest of you and if we are unable to find you, we will notify you through your attorney that you are wanted for trial. If you choose to refuse to comply with these demands, the District Attorney’s Office will pursue all lawful remedies available to it.”
Morrogh told The Washington Post that the testimony from former prisoners, the soldiers and people in the process of applying for asylum corroborates the inmates’ accounts that they were assaulted and forcibly transported. Also confirming this, investigators found evidence of pillowcases with the identification numbers tattooed on the backs of the inmates’ necks and confirm that a pillowcase was found near one of the bodies.