Suspect ‘already out of SA’

2010-05-06 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The man suspected of killing Teazers boss Lolly Jackson might already have skipped the country.

That’s according to a source who knows 41-year-old suspect George Louka.

Louka, who also goes under the name George Smith, is believed to have been Jackson’s “muscle”. He also has close ties with Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcír, a neighbour of Jackson’s who was questioned by the police yesterday.

Jackson was shot at a house in Eldeen, Kempton Park, on Monday night. The killer, who fled in Jackson’s Jeep Grand Cherokee, phoned the police to let them know that he’d shot Jackson. He indicated that he would hand himself over, but then disappeared.

Krejcír’s lawyer, Ian Small-Smith, confirmed yesterday that police questioned his client for more than an hour. “He told them everything he knows about George Smith [Louka].”

Small-Smith added that his client was not a suspect.

A source claims Louka changed his name to “Smith” because he is a fugitive in two countries.

Louka was described as a good friend of Krejcír’s and the two apparently were often seen together.

Small-Smith said the police are working very hard, with very little sleep, to find the person responsible for the killing.

“The police said they are at a very sensitive stage of their investigation and are kind of upbeat about where they are at this stage.”

According to Radio Prague’s website, Krejcír was sentenced in absentia in the Czech Republic to six-and-a-half years for tax fraud and was charged with other crimes, allegedly conspiracy to murder, counterfeiting, extortion and abduction.

The SA Police Force’s (SAPF) website listed him as a success after they arrested him in 2007 on an Interpol red notice as he entered the country on a flight from Madagascar using a passport in the name of Egbert Jules Savy.

SAPF said he was wanted in connection with allegations of fraud of hundreds of millions of Euros and conspiracy to commit murder in an alleged plan to cause financial losses to the Czech Republic.

The Czech Republic’s attempt to have him extradited from South Africa failed in March.

Police refused to discuss the investigation yesterday, as the media continued to present theories on why Jackson was shot dead at the house of a friend in Kempton Park.

“We are not going to comment any further until such time there is a good success,” said spokesperson Colonel Eugene Opperman.

The theories put forward reportedly include a money laundering deal gone wrong, a dispute involving the boyfriend of a former stripper, or problems during the purchase of a luxury vehicle that would have joined Jackson’s fleet of sports cars.

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