8 August 1926|
Bukovac, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
|Died||28 July 1983
Wolfratshausen, West Germany
|Burial place||Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia|
Stjepan Đureković (8 August 1926 – 28 July 1983) was a Croatian political dissident and businessman who was murdered by the Yugoslav secret police (UDBA) in West Germany in 1983. He was previously the CEO of the state-owned INA petrol company. In 1982, he defected to West Germany and became active in Croatian émigré circles opposed to Yugoslavia.
Business career in FPR/SFR Yugoslavia
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Relocation to West Germany
After falling out with the government he defected to West Germany in 1982 where he became involved with the Croatian National Committee, a Croat nationalist organization. Together with Ivan Botić he published Yugoslavia in crisis, in which the two argued that Yugoslavia's large inflation rate and unemployment was resulting in the exploitation of Croatian resources.
The German court trying Prates threatened to take action against Croatian officials who obstructed testimony at the trial, [clarification needed] including Croatian president Stjepan Mesić. In 2008, Krunoslav Prates was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the assassination.
In 2009, Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office issued warrants for Zdravko Mustač, Ivan Cetinić, Ivan Lasić and Boris Brnelić for involvement in the murder as members of the UDBA. In October 2009, German police arrested Luka Sekula, a Croat with Swedish citizenship, for participation in the murder.
On 1 January 2014, Josip Perković was arrested in Zagreb. His trial began in Germany in mid-2014. In August 2016, both Perković and Zdravko Mustač were proclaimed guilty in a first-instance verdict and sentenced to life imprisonment for abetting the murder of Đureković.
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