Presidential Adviser Dies in Car Crash

An adviser to a member of Bosnian Presidency died in a car crash just outside Sarajevo on Saturday afternoon. Irham Čečo (42) worked for the Bosniak member in the Presidency, Bakir Izetbegović. According to the police, he died on the spot from injuries when his car collided with a truck on a road some ten kilometers from Sarajevo.

Irham Čečo

Čečo, the public relations adviser to Izetbegović, was a career journalist. He wrote for Sarajevo-based magazines Dani and Stav. He was also an adviser in the Office of the High Representative of the international community in Bosnia.

Čečo was born in 1975 in the eastern Bosnian town of Foča, where he lived until the outbreak of the Bosnian war in 1992. He was forced to leave with his family when the Bosnian Serb forces overran the town and expelled its Bosniak community. In Sarajevo, he built a career in journalism. He was known for his eloquent and edgy style in writing.

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