Ivan Milas

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Ivan Milas
3rd Minister of Justice of Croatia
In office
6 June 1992 – 12 August 1992
Prime Minister Franjo Gregurić
Preceded by Bosiljko Mišetić
Succeeded by Ivica Crnić
Keeper of the State Seal
In office
6 May 1995 – 1 February 2000
Preceded by Post created
Succeeded by None
Personal details
Born (1939-10-18)18 October 1939
Zmijavci, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died 29 July 2011(2011-07-29) (aged 71)
Zmijavci, Croatia
Political party Croatian Democratic Union
Alma mater University of Zagreb

Ivan Milas (18 October 1939 – 29 July 2011) was a Croatian lawyer and politician.

Milas was born in the village of Zmijavci near Imotski in Zagora, and graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Zagreb.[1]

Milas was close to Marko Veselica and was active in the Croatian Spring in the early 1970s. In 1972, the authorities of communist Yugoslavia charged Milas with "actions against the state", arrested and spent six months in jail awaiting trial.[1] He was released to prepare his defense, and subsequently fled to Austria where he received the status of a refugee. Yugoslavia sought his apprehension, which Austrian courts denied. He was tried in absentia in Yugoslavia and received a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence.[1]

In 1988 Milas met the Croatian historian and politician Franjo Tuđman and in August 1989 joined his newly formed Croatian Democratic Union. Milas received a passport to return to Croatia in February 1990[1] and was elected to the Croatian Parliament in its first democratic elections.

During the first phase of the Croatian War of Independence between the summer of 1991 and the spring of 1992, Milas served as the Deputy Minister of Defence and Deputy Minister of Justice.[1]

Milas was reelected in the 1992 election, and served as the Minister of Justice from June 6 to August 12, 1992 and was later vice-president in the Croatian Government, under Hrvoje Šarinić.[2]

On May 28, 1995, President Tuđman awarded him with the Grand Order of King Dmitar Zvonimir. Also in May 1995, the function of the Keeper of the State Seal (Croatian: Čuvar državnog pečata) was created,[3] and President Tuđman named Milas to the position[1][2] on May 6, 1995, where he remained until February 1, 2000. As of 2011 no other person was named to the position after Milas. Milas was elected to Sabor again in the October 1995 election.

Between 1996 and 2000 Milas was a member of the Council of the Croatian National Bank.[1]

He was last elected to the Croatian Parliament in the Croatian parliamentary election, 2000, where he served until late 2003, when he retired from politics.[1][2]

Milas gained considerable notoriety in the Croatian public after he publicly expressed his opinion that in the West, brain is valued in kilograms.[4][5]

Ivan Milas died in Zmijavci at the age of 72.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Umro političar Ivan Milas" [Politician Ivan Milas dies]. Nacional (in Croatian). 2011-07-29. Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Umro Ivan Milas" (in Croatian). Croatian Radiotelevision. 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  3. ^ Croatian Parliament (1995-05-12). "Zakon o državnom pečatu Republike Hrvatske". NN 95/33 (in Croatian). Narodne novine. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  4. ^ Slavenka Drakulić (2010-01-14). "Komentar Slavenke Drakulić - Kilo mozga koštalo izbore!" (in Croatian). T-portal.hr. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  5. ^ Inoslav Bešker (2010-09-20). "Imamo Hrvatsku: Stoka sitnog zuba ili tko nema novca, neka uči!". Jutarnji list. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 

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Preceded by
Bosiljko Mišetić
Croatian Minister of Justice
6 June 1992 – 12 August 1992
Succeeded by
Ivica Crnić