Branko Marinkovic

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Branko Marinkovic Jovicevic (August 21, 1967, in Santa Cruz) is a Bolivian politician and businessman. He was born to a Croatian[1][2][3][4][5] father and Montenegrin[5] mother who came to Bolivia in 1954. Marinkovic also holds Croatian passport.[6]

He studied Electromechanical Engineering and Economics and Finance at the University of Texas in United States. Marinkovic is important in the Oilseeds Industry in Bolivia since 2000 and is president of the Federation of Private Entrepreneurs since 2004 and vice chairman of Banco Económico. He was also elected prefect of the Civic Committee of the Santa Cruz Department in 2006.

Marinkovic is noted for his pro-autonomy views[citation needed] and is an opponent of President Evo Morales.[7] Official La Paz government sees Marinkovic as a thug who is tearing Bolivia by Croatian recipe for separation from the old Yugoslavia - with the streams of blood. In the documentary Who is Branko Marinkovic which was aired on Bolivian national television, Marinkovic is shown as descendant of an Ustasha, although his father fought the Nazis and Ustashe during World War II as a member of the Partisans. In that same documentary Marinkovic is shown as a member of a nation, Croatian nation, which committed war crimes during World War II and Croatian War of Independence. This documentary put forth several accusations with no facts to back up the claims. There is, however, overwhelming evidence to show Marinkovic's father fought against the Nazi's. Not only did he fight them, but incurred several bullet wounds and fought on even after that. This documentary was, in fact, a slanderous movie showing biased fabrications.[6]

In December, 2010 Bolivia's prosecutor has filed charges against 39 people, including Marinkovic, for the last year's alleged plot, whose aim was to kill Evo Morales and start an armed rebellion. Marinkovic, and other leading opposition leaders argued that in no way they are associated with the plot. Marinkovic was forced to exile in the United States while fearing for his life. He claims his innocence and has said; Bolivian government pursues me and forced me to live outside my beloved Bolivia, because in Bolivia my life would be threatened. I have no guarantees that I would be allowed a fair trial.[2]