|Born||12 January 1943|
|Died||18 March 2012(aged 69)|
|Place of birth||Gorjani, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, (now Croatia)|
|Place of death||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Buried at||Mirogoj Cemetery|
Yugoslav People's Army|
SFR Yugoslav Air Force|
Croatian Air Force and Air Defence
Homeland War Memorial Medal|
Homeland Gratitude Medal
Order of Nikola Šubić Zrinski
Order of Ban Jelačić
Order of the Croatian Interlace
Operation Flash Medal
Operation Summer '95 Medal
Operation Storm Medal
Agotić was born in Gorjani and was educated in the Yugoslav People's Army. In July 1991, as the war started, he was a member of the 5th Corps Counter-intelligence service, and he defected to the fledgling Croatian National Guard, becoming its first commanding officer in August 1991. In October 1991, President Franjo Tuđman promoted him to the rank of Major General (general bojnik) and made him the chief ceasefire negotiator with the Yugoslav People's Army. Agotić fulfilled that role with success up until the final ceasefire was signed in January 1992, and became known to the public. Agotić then became the first commander of the Croatian Air Force and Defence. He remained in charge of the air force, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General (general pukovnik) in 1995.
Between 1996 and 2000, he was the assistant commander of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia in charge of the air force. In 2000, he was appointed advisor to the President of Croatia for matters of defence and military under Stjepan Mesić. He was promoted to the rank of General (general zbora) and retired from active military service in 2002. Between 2003 and 2005 he held the post of national security advisor to the President. In 2003, he testified against Slobodan Milošević at the ICTY.
Agotić was decorated with the Homeland War Memorial Medal, Homeland Gratitude Medal, Order of Nikola Šubić Zrinski, Order of Ban Jelačić, Order of the Croatian Interlace, as well as medals for Operation Flash, Operation Summer 95 and Operation Storm. In 2006 he became a member of the Military Decorations and Awards Commission with the Office of the President of Croatia that was in charge of awarding military decorations and awards, and in 2010 he was named its chairman. He died in Zagreb.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Preminuo general Imra Agotić, prvi zapovjednik Ratnog zrakoplovstva" (in Croatian). 2012-03-18. http://www.vecernji.hr/vijesti/preminuo-general-imra-agotic-prvi-zapovjednik-ratnog-zrakoplovstva-clanak-388388. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- "Ministar Kotromanović uputio brzojav sućuti obitelji generala Agotića" (in Croatian). Ministry of Defence (Croatia). 2012-03-19. http://www.morh.hr/hr/vijesti-najave-i-priopcenja/priopcenje/ministar-kotromanovic-uputio-brzojav-sucuti-obitelji-generala-agotica.html. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- "Odluka o imenovanju Državnog povjereništva za odlikovanja i priznanja Republike Hrvatske". 2010-06-24. http://narodne-novine.nn.hr/clanci/sluzbeni/2010_06_79_2259.html.
- "Odluka o imenovanju Državnog povjereništva za odlikovanja i priznanja Republike Hrvatske". 2016-05-22. http://narodne-novine.nn.hr/clanci/sluzbeni/2006_05_56_1323.html.
- "Povjereništvo za vojna odlikovanja i priznanja". Military Decorations and Awards Commission. Office of the President of Croatia. http://www.predsjednik.hr/PovjerenistvoZaVojna. Retrieved 2011-11-19.
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