BELGRADE – Petar II Karadjordjevic, the last Yugoslav king, has been rehabilitated after the Belgrade High Court determined that he was a victim of prosecution and violence for political and ideological reasons.

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King Peter II with two of his ministers, the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia, General Simovic (left) and Court Minister M Knezevic arriving in England.

The decision on rehabilitation was brought on July 10 and came into force on August 22, court spokesperson Tanja Koljensic told Tanjug.

The Belgrade High Court has earlier rehabilitated the king’s mother Marija and son Aleksandar Karadjordjevic and also Prince Pavle’s children – Princess Jelisaveta and late Prince Nikola Karadjordjevic.

Petar II Karadjordjevic was rehabilitated by operation of law, therefore rendering the decree, which deprived the king of his citizenship and confiscated his entire property, null and void since its adoption on March 8, 1947, reads the statement by the Belgrade High Court.

The same decision declared invalid all the legal consequences of the decree, including confiscation of property.

Petar II Karadjordjevic was born in Belgrade on September 6, 1923, and passed away in Denver, USA, on November 3, 1970.

When he was 11 years old, Peter succeeded to the Yugoslav throne in 1934 and was deposed in 1945 when he was only 21.

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