Goran Knežević

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Goran Knežević
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management
In office
27 July 2012 – 2 September 2013
Preceded by Dušan Petrović
Succeeded by Dragan Glamočić
Mayor of Zrenjanin
In office
6 July 2012 – 26 July 2012
Preceded by Mileta Mihajlov
Succeeded by Ivan Bošnjak
In office
Preceded by Milan Čežek
Succeeded by Mileta Mihajlov
Personal details
Born (1957-05-12) 12 May 1957 (age 59)
Banatski Karlovac, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Political party Democratic Party (2000–2008)
Serbian Progressive Party (2008–)
Residence Zrenjanin, Serbia
Alma mater University of Belgrade
Religion Serbian Orthodox

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[1]

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.


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Government offices
Preceded by
Dušan Petrović
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Serbia
2012 – 2013
Succeeded by
Dragan Glamočić
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Miodrag Babić
President of the Basketball Federation of Serbia and Montenegro
2005 – 2007
Succeeded by
Dragan Kapičić