Jusuf "Juka" Prazina (Bosnian pronunciation: [jusuf prazina]; 7 September 1962 – 3-4 December 1993) was a Bosnian gangster and paramilitary warlord during the Bosnian War. A troubled teen, Prazina's youth allegedly contained numerous stays in various jails and correctional facilities of the former Yugoslavia. By the 1980s he had become involved in organized crime, eventually heading his own racketeering gang based around his home in the city's Centar municipality.

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  • Jusuf Prazina, né à Sarajevo en République socialiste de Bosnie-Herzégovine le 7 septembre 1962 et assassiné par un de ses gardes du corps près de la frontière belge en 4 décembre 1993, était un criminel yougoslave bosniaque. (fr)
  • Jusuf "Juka" Prazina (Bosnian pronunciation: [jusuf prazina]; 7 September 1962 – 3-4 December 1993) was a Bosnian gangster and paramilitary warlord during the Bosnian War. A troubled teen, Prazina's youth allegedly contained numerous stays in various jails and correctional facilities of the former Yugoslavia. By the 1980s he had become involved in organized crime, eventually heading his own racketeering gang based around his home in the city's Centar municipality. With the onset of the Siege of Sarajevo in 1992 Prazina expanded his gang into an effective paramilitary fighting force. This force was central in the effort against the besieging Army of Republika Srpska (VRS), and he was rewarded for his contribution to the city's defense by appointment to the head of the government's special forces. Prazina proved problematic for Bosnian authorities. Following a warrant for his arrest in October, Prazina stationed himself on Mt. Igman and coordinated attacks against ARBiH forces until his eventual defeat and expulsion in January of the following year. He moved to Herzegovina where he joined forces with the Croatian Defence Council and committed numerous crimes against civilians in the region. He left Bosnia and Herzegovina a few months later for Croatia, and lived on the Dalmatian coast before traveling through a number of European countries and finally relocating to Belgium. He was found dead in a canal near the German border by two hitch-hikers on New Year's Eve. In 2001, documents detailing war-time conversations between then president of Croatia Franjo Tuđman and president of the Croatian parliament Stjepan Mesić were declassified. In one part of these documents, Mesić revealed his suspicions that Bosnian Croat extremists were to blame for Prazina's death. The most concrete links came from an unsuccessful six-year investigation by the Bavarian Criminal Police. (en)
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  • 1962-9-7
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  • 1993-12-4
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  • Commander of Special Brigade ARBiH
  • Head of Special Forces ARBiH
  • Head of Special Forces HVO
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  • 1993-01-01 (xsd:date)
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  • 1992-01-01 (xsd:date)
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  • Jusuf Prazina in besieged Sarajevo, 1992.
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  • --12-04
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  • Bosnian mobster (en)
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  • Jusuf Prazina, né à Sarajevo en République socialiste de Bosnie-Herzégovine le 7 septembre 1962 et assassiné par un de ses gardes du corps près de la frontière belge en 4 décembre 1993, était un criminel yougoslave bosniaque. (fr)
  • Jusuf "Juka" Prazina (Bosnian pronunciation: [jusuf prazina]; 7 September 1962 – 3-4 December 1993) was a Bosnian gangster and paramilitary warlord during the Bosnian War. A troubled teen, Prazina's youth allegedly contained numerous stays in various jails and correctional facilities of the former Yugoslavia. By the 1980s he had become involved in organized crime, eventually heading his own racketeering gang based around his home in the city's Centar municipality. (en)
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  • Jusuf Prazina (en)
  • Jusuf Prazina (fr)
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  • Juka (en)
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  • Prazina (en)
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