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Agrokomerc Ex-Director Goes On Hunger Strike in Jail

January 5, 1989

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ The former director of a food company who is on trial for issuing promissory notes worth about $1 billion has gone on a hunger strike to demand his release, it was reported Thursday.

Fikret Abdic of Agrokomerc, the food-processing giant that in 1987 caused Yugoslavia’s greatest-ever financial scandal, said in a letter to the daily newspaper Borba that he will fast until the ″illegal persecution″ of those implicated in the affair is stopped.

Abdic, who has been jailed in the town of Bihac since September 1987, has denied the charges he plotted to defraud Yugoslav banks and other financial institutions to obtain investment capital needed to expand Agrokomerc.

His requests to be released have been rejected by the authorities.

Several of Abdic’s co-defendents, who have been standing trial with him for the past four months, were released from prison during the New Year’s holiday, said the daily newspaper Politika.

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