If there’s one thing Bono values, it’s his humanitarian and diplomatic endeavors, but one of his favorite prizes from those efforts, an honorary Bosnian passport, might get taken away from the U2 singer. Between this, the Spider-Man musical’s downward spiral, and David Byrne’s tongue-lashing, Bono’s having a rough month.
Balkan Insight reports that though Bono was granted an honorary passport and citizenship by late president Alija Izetbegovic in 1997, Bosnian officials are now disputing that their laws allow an honorary citizenship to extend beyond the term of the president whom granted it.
Here’s the quote that inspired this post from Bosnia’s Civil Affairs Minister Sredoje Novic: “If we establish that a passport was given outside a regular legal procedure, we will have no other option but to take it away. We cut no slack to anybody, not even for Bono Vox.”
Sorry, but Novic’s use of Bono’s former fake surname cracks me up every time. I would’ve said, “not even for Bono Vox of O’Connell Street.”