ZAGREB, November 15, 2020 – Croatian politician Anto Kovacevic, who was political prisoner in the Socialist Yugoslavia, died at the age of 68 from the consequences of COVID-19, his family reported on Sunday.
Kovacevic, born in 1952 in the northern village of Ada in Bosnia and Herzegovina, served 8.5 years in the prison in Zenica for his political opinions in the Communist-led Yugoslav Federation, and was declared by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience.
He was a member of the fourth parliament from 2000 to 2003 after Croatia gained independence.
Kovacevic stood in Croatia’s presidential elections in 2005.
He used to be a member of the HKDU party and later of the Croatian Party of Rights Dr. Ante Starcevic.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Sunday sent a letter of condolences to the Kovacevic family, and wrote that Kovacevic would be remembered for his struggle for the Croatian cause.