(May 27, 1948 – November 10, 1986)
was a Yugoslav amateur boxer
. He was commonly known by his nickname
Ljuba Zemunac (Ljuba from Zemun).
Born to a Croat
father, and a Serb
mother, Magaš spent his early youth in the
Belgrade neighbourhood of Zemun. He stayed out of trouble for the most part
while he lived there, but when his family moved across town to
in his pre-teens, Magaš took up boxing and
also got involved with street-fighting.
Criminal activity was next to follow. In 1965, he was
sentenced by Belgrade court and referred to special institution for
juvenile offenders in the Serbian city of Niš.
When he was young, Magaš held pro-Yugoslav leanings.
According to journalist sources in the 1970s, He was involved in
robberies and racketeering throughout western Europe. The targets
of his criminal activity were mostly Yugoslav gastarbeiters
who owned small businesses such
as retail shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Magaš was unofficially proclaimed the "godfather
of Serbian organized crime". In
1986, he was killed in Frankfurt, Germany in front of the local
court by rival gangster Goran