Former Yugoslav First Lady's war decorations stolen

Updated - October 30, 2013 08:29 pm IST

Published - October 30, 2013 08:24 pm IST - BELGRADE

In this October 26, 2013 photo, a military honour guard officer carries medals during the funeral service of Jovanka Broz, widow of the former Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito, in Belgrade, Serbia. War decorations belonging to the former first lady were stolen from a memorial complex in the Serbian capital where she was buried close to her late husband Josip Broz Tito.

In this October 26, 2013 photo, a military honour guard officer carries medals during the funeral service of Jovanka Broz, widow of the former Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito, in Belgrade, Serbia. War decorations belonging to the former first lady were stolen from a memorial complex in the Serbian capital where she was buried close to her late husband Josip Broz Tito.

War decorations belonging to the late former Yugoslavia First Lady Jovanka Broz have been stolen from a memorial complex where she was buried close to her husband Josip Broz Tito.

The Museum of Yugoslav History, which runs the memorial complex dedicated to the late communist leader, said on Wednesday that police have been informed about the disappearance. No other details were given.

Jovanka Broz’s military decorations, which she received for her role in the World War II anti-Nazi movement headed by Tito, were on display during the Saturday funeral service, which was attended by hundreds of people. It was not clear when exactly the decorations were stolen.

Tito ruled Yugoslavia until he died in 1980. The former federation broke up in ethnic warfare in the 1990s.

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