|Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management|
27 July 2012 – 2 September 2013
|Preceded by||Dušan Petrović|
|Succeeded by||Dragan Glamočić|
|Mayor of Zrenjanin|
6 July 2012 – 26 July 2012
|Preceded by||Mileta Mihajlov|
|Succeeded by||Ivan Bošnjak|
|Preceded by||Milan Čežek|
|Succeeded by||Mileta Mihajlov|
12 May 1957 |
Banatski Karlovac, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
|Political party||Democratic Party (2000–2008)
Serbian Progressive Party (2008–)
|Alma mater||University of Belgrade|
Goran Knežević (Serbian Cyrillic: Горан Кнежевић, pronounced [ɡǒran kněːʒeʋitɕ]) (born 12 May 1957 in Banatski Karlovac) is a former Serbian professional basketball player and a current politician, who served as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management between 2012 and 2013.
He was a Mayor of Zrenjanin municipality 2004-2009 and shortly in 2012.
He was born in Banatski Karlovac, Serbia. He graduated from the University of Belgrade with a diploma in economics. He used to be a basketball player in KK Partizan, KK Vojvodina and KK Proleter. During season of 1978/79 he won championship of Yugoslavia, Yugoslav cup and Korać Cup with his team, Partizan. Also, he used to be a president of Basketball Association of Serbia and Montenegro during a short period between 2005 and 2006.
Goran Knežević became mayor of Zrenjanin municipality in 2004, re-elected in 2008.
He was arrested on October 1, 2008 by Serbian police on suspicion that he was involved in "construction mafia" - helping individuals from organized crime circles launder money by investing it in construction and real-estate development.
On 1 April 2009 the D.S. Mayor was charged with Abuse of Office. The Special Prosecution states that the Zrenjanin municipal budget suffered damages to the amount of EUR 1.6mn, as a result.
On 23 April 2009 he was dismissed as a Mayor, since he was in custody since 1 October 2008. He was released from custody on 4 November 2009.
- "Serbia accepted resignation of nine ministers". balkans.com. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
- Uhapšen gradonačelnik Zrenjanina, B92, October 1, 2008
- Official web-site of Goran Knežević (in Serbian language)
|Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Serbia
2012 – 2013
|President of the Basketball Federation of Serbia and Montenegro
2005 – 2007
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