|6th[a] Speaker of the Croatian Parliament|
22 December 2003 – 11 January 2008
|Preceded by||Zlatko Tomčić|
|Succeeded by||Luka Bebić|
|Leader of the Opposition (acting)|
27 January 2000 – 30 April 2000
|Preceded by||Dražen Budiša|
|Succeeded by||Ivo Sanader|
1 January 1943 |
Osijek, Independent State of Croatia
|Political party||Croatian Democratic Union|
|League of Communists of Yugoslavia (Before 1990)|
|^a In order counting from the 1990 parliamentary election. 16th speaker of parliament overall.|
Vladimir Šeks (born 1 January 1943) is an influential Croatian politician, a member of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ). He has been a representative in the Croatian Parliament since the nation's independence, and has held the posts of the Speaker of the Parliament as well as Deputy Prime Minister of the Government.
Šeks graduated from the Law Faculty in Zagreb in 1966. From 1972 to 1981 he worked as an attorney. In 1981 he was arrested for "anti-state actions" against communist Yugoslavia. He served 13 months in the Stara Gradiška prison. Afterwards he was an attorney for dissidents, like in case of Belgrade six in 1984–1985.
In 1990, Vladimir Šeks was one of the founders of the Osijek branch of the Croatian Democratic Union. In 1991, he was a notable figure in the Croatian War of Independence, and he was also one of the main drafters of the Constitution of Croatia. In 1992, he was named the State Prosecutor of the Republic of Croatia.
Šeks served as the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament from 22 December 2003 to 11 January 2008.
In 2009, Šeks testified in the Branimir Glavaš trial as a witness for the defence, and his testimony was later dismissed by the presiding judge as "completely implausible", while the court rendered a guilty verdict. In 2010, Amnesty International stated Šeks should be prosecuted based on the other testimonies in the Glavaš trial. In January 2011 the Ministry of Justice responded to the AI report saying their conclusions were "arbitrary and wrong" in the case of Šeks.
- Grand Order of King Petar Krešimir IV (2008) - Third-highest Croatian state award and the 16th of its kind awarded since its establishment.
|Party political offices|
|President of Croatian Democratic Union (acting)
5 January 2000 – 30 April 2000
|Speaker of the Croatian Parliament
22 December 2003 – 11 January 2008
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"Belgrade Six" defense attorney Vladimir Seks
- "Uporna potraga za ubojicom Domagoja Šeksa". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). 2006-05-29. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
- "Šeks na suđenju Glavašu: Ne znam ništa o zločinima u Osijeku". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2010-12-09.
- "Svjedoci obmane: Šeks i Kramarić lagali na suđenju Glavašu" [Witnesses to deception: Šeks and Kramarić lied at Glavaš trial]. Nacional (in Croatian). 2009-11-03. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 2010-12-09.
- "Amnesty o ratnim zločinima: Zašto su Šeks, Merčep i Domazet nedodirljivi?". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2010-12-09.
- "Croatia urged to speed up war crimes prosecutions". Amnesty International. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2010-12-09.
- "Ministarstvo pravosuđa: Haag nije tražio Lošu, ali radimo izvide". Večernji list (in Croatian). 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
- "Mesić odlikovao Šeksa najvišim odličjem koji može dobiti predsjednik parlamenta" (in Croatian). Index.hr. 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2010-05-08.