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First victim of independence honoured with state decoration

Maribor, 21 May - Boris Fras, an electrician who was wounded in skirmishes with the Yugoslav People's Army in May 1991 and is considered the first victim of the independence struggle, received a top state decoration Saturday as President Borut Pahor ended a ten-year suspension of the awarding of the Order of Freedom.

Maribor
Celebration in honour of events in May 1991 that marked the beginning of hostilities leading up to the independence war.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Maribor
Retired electrician Boris Fras (left), the first person wounded before the 1991 independence war, receiving the Order of Freedom from President Borut Pahor in May 2016.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA
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