Alojz Knezovic

Alojz Knezovic born in 1938 in Tuzla, an optician, soldier, politician and socially active pensioner, Member of the Federal Parliament, and President of the NGO Spokojna starost. (Peaceful Old Age). He died in Tuzla on November 26, 2008.

  • In February 1992 he saved Sead Husejnovic from Serb paramilitary units who at the time occupied the territory of the Municipality of Erdut, Croatia, where Sead was serving military service in the Yugoslav National Army. Alojz managed to get Sead out of a situation in which, according to Sead Husejnovic, as a member of the Islamic religion he was "in mortal danger".
  • As a soldier of the Army of BiH during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he showed civil courage when he submitted a written complaint to the Corps Commander against his own superior, the commander of his battalion, on the grounds of that officer's illegal and immoral actions and abuse of his position.
  • He sent an open letter to the first President of the Presidency of the Republic of BiH and Commander-in-Chief of the Army of BiH, Alija Izetbegovic published on 19.11.1993. in the magazine Front Slobode, under the title "What kind of Bosnia do you want?", In it he argued that many of Izetbegovic's pronouncements raised anxieties, indeed fears among non -Moslems as to their status and treatment in the new Bosnia for which they were fighting.
  • As President of the Association Peaceful Old Age he constantly exposed irregularities and corruption in the Institute of Pension and invalid Insurance and the Union of the Association of Pensioners.
  • As a Member of the House of Representatives of the Federal Parliament of BiH in public appearances, statements and articles naming guilty institutions and individuals, exposing their criminal activities and at the same time giving up his immunity.
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