Lawyer: Louka's death a miscarriage of justice

By Drum Digital
12 May 2015

George Louka's lawyer has described his client's death as a "miscarriage of justice".

"George died at approximately 20:30 this evening [Monday]... an absolutely tragic miscarriage of justice," Owen Blumberg told News24 in an SMS.

"[It was an] unmitigated assault upon his dignity."

He said Louka, who was accused of killing Teazers boss Lolly Jackson, died at the Kgosi Mampuru prison hospital.

"He had been taken to a Pretoria hospital feeling particularly ill. He was allegedly 'stabilised'... and then sent back to a ward at the Pretoria prison where he died this evening," Blumberg said.

The department of correctional services confirmed on Monday that Louka had died but could not give further details.

The Cypriot had stage four lung cancer.

"At this stage we can only confirm that [he has died]...," department spokesperson Manelisi Wolela told News24.

He was last seen in April in the High Court in Johannesburg where a request to send him back to Cyprus so he could die at home was denied.

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