Johan Tarčulovski

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Johan Tarčulovski
Native name
Јохан Тарчуловски (in Macedonian)
Born (1974-11-17) 17 November 1974 (age 44)
Ljubanci, Butel Municipality, SR Macedonia
Allegiance Macedonia
Service/branchMacedonian Police insignia.png Macedonian Police
Years of service2001
UnitTigers (Tigri)
Battles/warsInsurgency in the Republic of Macedonia
  • Ljuboten sheepfolds
Spouse(s)Sonja Veličkova; 2 children

Johan Tarčulovski, sometimes spelled Johan Tarculovski (born 17 November 1974), is a Macedonian soldier, politician, and former security inspector for Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski. Tarčulovski participated in the 1990s insurgency in the Republic of Macedonia.


Tarčulovski's political career began after the independence of the Republic of Macedonia in 1991 and was one of the early members of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity. In 1993, he was named president of the Cair Municipality Youth Force Union.[1]

With the victory of VMRO-DPMNE in the 1998 elections, Tarculovski joined the security crew for the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia Ljubco Georgievski. In 1999, he was appointed as bodyguard of the President of Macedonia. He remained as his bodyguard until Trajkovski's death in a plane crash.[citation needed]

In 2001, he participated in the Macedonian-Albanian Conflict. The events of the war had severe consequences for Tarčulovski. He was brought before the international court in Hague, convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He stayed in jail from 21 March 2005 to 11 April 2013, when he was released from a German prison.[2][3]

War criminal[edit]

Tarčulovski was convicted and sentenced by the Hague prosecution for war crimes on 12 August 2001 in Ljuboten. After spending eight years in prison he returned to his homeland where he was greeted as a "war hero" and he was welcomed by thousands of people on the Macedonia Square, Skopje."[4]

Personal life[edit]

Tarčulovski was born in Butel Municipality on 17 November 1974. He and his wife, Sonja (née Veličkova), a Macedonian folk singer, have two children.


  1. ^ Biography of Johan Tarchulovski,; accessed 1 September 2017.(in Macedonian)]
  2. ^ Tarčulovski's return to Macedonia,; accessed 1 September 2017. (in Macedonian)]
  3. ^ Biljana Vankovska on Johan Tarculovski's return,; accessed 1 September 2017. (in Bosnian)]
  4. ^ Macedonia: War crimes convict returns to hero's welcome after early release,; accessed 11 April 2013.