Kristijan Golubović

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Kristijan Golubović
Golubovic.Jail.jpg
Born (1969-11-30) 30 November 1969 (age 44)
Munich, West Germany
Occupation Gangster, racketeer, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter, Rapper
Criminal charge
narcotics trade, illegal arms & explosives, armed robbery, auto theft, extortion
Criminal penalty
?-2002 (Escaped)
March 2003-Early 2004
2005-Jan 2009
2010- (Ongoing, 14 years)
Criminal status Free (19.06.2014.)

Aleksandar "Kristijan" Golubović (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар-Кристијан Голубовић; born 30 November 1969) is a Serbian organized criminal and Mixed martial artist. He was featured among several other Belgrade gangsters in the 1996 documentary about Serbia's underworld titled See You in the Obituary. Kristijan is one of only a few individuals, out of dozens featured in the film, still alive today.

After spending four and a half years in prison in Pozarevac, he was released on January 9, 2009.[1] As of January 2010, he is in police custody again after getting arrested on a charge that he was involved in narcotics trade.[2]

Biography[edit]

Early life, 1980s[edit]

Born to Srboljub "Kića" Golubović and Milanka "Mima" Golubović, Serb gastarbeiters living in Munich, Kristijan did not meet his father until grade school since he was away serving a long-term prison sentence for taking part in a robbery with deadly outcome. His mother was a stewardess at JAT. His father was imprisoned in Goli Otok prison.[3][4] His godfather (kum) was Ljuba Zemunac, a notable mafia boss.[4]

In the mid-1980s he befriended Joca Amsterdam.[4] In 1985 he befriended a Greek businessman whom he met through his godfather Ljuba Zemunac in Frankfurt.

He returned to Serbia with his mother and sister in 1987; they moved first to Zvezdara and then "Brace Jerkovic 50" in Voždovac. Already no stranger to various juvenile delinquent activity, Golubović continued along the same path with street fighting, often involving knives and guns. He also started painting. In December 1987, Kristijan beat up a patron at a kafana in Boleč.[5] In May 1989, he instigated a fist fight versus Slavko "Mija Pijuk" Mijović (Mija the Pickaxe, the godfather of notorious gangster Željko "Arkan" Ražnatović) in front of Disco Luv in the Belgrade neighbourhood of Voždovac. Mija Pijuk's bodyguard Safet "Džimi" Buljuku began firing shots at Kristijan, hitting him in the legs. Later that year, in October 1989, Kristijan initiated a brawl at the Branko Krsmanović Club leading to several shots being fired as well. He soon graduated to organized crime and gang-related activity.[6]

1990s[edit]

In the early morning hours of Sunday, 25 February 1990, Golubović was one of the perpetrators of an infamous act of violence in Belgrade's Hotel Mažestik. Along with his best friend at the time Dragan "Gagi" Nikolić, heavily armed Kristijan burst into the hotel's disco bar looking for a rival gangster. Since they didn't find him, 24-year-old Gagi and 20-year-old Kristijan shot up and ransacked the place, pretty much destroying it in the process before fleeing the scene.[7] Since the hotel's disco bar was a favourite mobster hangout, the incident gained them quite a bit of notoriety in the underworld considering that many prominent and powerful mob figures were present to witness the shooting.[2][8]

To escape prosecution in Serbia, Kristijan went back to Germany, but soon found himself serving a three-year sentence in Düsseldorf. In 1993, German authorities extradited him back to Serbia where he was wanted for a variety of criminal acts from the 1988–1990 period.[5]

He was friends with Milorad Ulemek Aka Legija and has said that though he maintained relations with Arkan through Legija, he was not "one of Arkan's". When he escaped from the Belgrade court, Legija sent him to Erdut to the headquarters of the Serbian Volunteer Guard (Arkanovi Tigrovi), there he was asked to fight for Arkan, but Kristijan has said that he declined. Arkan asked Kristijan to assassinate Serbian politician Vojislav Šešelj, but he refused.[3] Kristijan had the biggest golden necklace in Belgrade at 790 grams, Arkan then minted a necklace of 1 kilo and Kristijan ended up having a 2,860 grams of necklace with the inscription of "KRISTIJAN" with an Orthodox cross of 1200 grams. He has said that the two were rivals.[4]

He married and had a son while in Belgrade. He left Serbia for Greece to avoid prison. There he became the leader of a Yugoslav group that worked in Athens; Safet Buljuku and Milorad Hauk were two of his companions.[6]

Kristijan Golubović was featured in a 1996 documentary about Serbia's underworld called Vidimo se u čitulji that was filmed 1994–1996. He is one of only a few individuals, out of dozens featured in the film, still alive today.

2000s[edit]

In 2002 he escaped from Malandrino, a Greek prison where he was sentenced to 14 and a half years for stealing two Mercedes-Benz cars, and an armed robbery.[2] During his time in prison, he maintained a relationship with Željko Ražnatović's daughter Anđela Ražnatović; he said he wanted to marry her but the relation was short.[9] He was flown with Jat airlines to Serbia in April 2003 because of charges from 1993.[10]

He was arrested in Operation Sablja, the crackdown on organized crime in Serbia following the Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić's assassination. He was arrested for being the leader of a criminal group that extorted 14,000 € from a businessman from Sremska Mitrovica; the sentence was initially 6 years, but the case ended with 1 and a half year.[2]

On the night of March 17, 2004, Kristijan and famous Serbian turbo-folk singer Ceca Ražnatović (widow of murdered Željko Ražnatović Arkan) gathered protesters in front of the government building in Belgrade to rally against the situation in Kosovo where more than 36 Serbian Orthodox churches had been burned the same day in an outbreak of organized ethnic Albanian violence against the Serb civilians in the province.

He was sentenced on December 12, 2005 in the Special court of Belgrade on illegal arms and racketeering charges. He had from April to June 2005 tried to extort 15,000 € from an ex-police from Sremska Mitrovica and the extortion of 3,000 € and stealing of gold jewelry from married couple and jewellers from Lazarevac. He was first sentenced to 6 years but the court settled at 4.5 years in Požarevac. On January 9, 2009, he was released from the Požarevac prison where he had spent 4.5 years.[11] He made a rap song together with Elitni odredi called "Jack i Chivas" (Jack Daniels and Chivas Regal). He was denied entry to Croatia in 2009 when he was going to fight in the "Millenium Fighting Challenge" MMA event held in Split, the controversial mayor Zeljko Kerum denied his entrance and police were ready to stop Kristijan if he would enter Croatia. Kerum said "He has a history of Crime and suspicious relations with the criminal world is not welcomed to Split or Croatia, nor be a sport example".[12][13]

On 16 January 2010, Kristijan, his mother and five other members of his criminal group were arrested in Belgrade on charges of narcotics trade in Novi Pazar and Belgrade starting in August 2009. He and his two companions were intercepted at a drug exchange of 25 grams of heroin when they exited Saint Mark's Church.[11][14] He had the previous week been stopped by police who found 10 grams of heroin in his Toyota Land Cruiser. His friend in the car claimed the heroin was his and Kristijan was in arrest for 4 hours before being set free, his friend is awaiting trial. The police then searched his home in Višnjica and found a gun and ammunition without serials, in his mother house a Beretta was found.[11] He is to be sentenced for narcotics trade, illegal arms and explosive possession. They are all currently (April) in the central prison of Belgrade. He tried suicide by hanging in his cell the days following the arrest, the motive of the suicide attempt was that he felt devastated that he had caused the arrest of his mother who had nothing to do with this. She is quoted as having said "I should have aborted you". He shares cells with "Elez gang"-leader Darko Elez and Zemun clan hitman Nikola Bajić. His wife was briefly held in March for the finding of a land mine in her car.[2][15][16][17] In December 2010 he was sentenced to seven years.

Personal life[edit]

In 1993 he appeared on the album Zbogom, Srbijo by Serbian band Riblja Čorba, singing with band's frontman Bora Đorđević in the song "Kamenko i Kremenko" (literally, Kamenko and Kremenko are the Serbian names of Fred and Barney from The Flintstones, but the song actually describes crimes of Serbian soldiers during the Yugoslav Wars).

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 2-0 Bulgaria Stanislav Drakov DQ WKN Serbia - Kings of the Ring December 13, 2009 2 Niš, Serbia Drakov bit Golubovic's finger
Win 1-0 Romania Marian Rusu TKO Ultra FC - Stop the Crime October 31, 2009 1 0:24 Subotica, Serbia Leg injury

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