Serbian fugitive aims for refugee status

2012-01-16 22:49

Johannesburg - Serbian fugitive Dobrosav Gavric, who fled his home country to avoid a 35-year prison sentence for the murder of warlord Zeljko Raznatovic, will remain in custody until Friday.

This would allow the home affairs department to process his application for refugee status in South Africa, Magistrate Chumani Giyose said in the Cape Town District Court on Monday.

Gavric had his bail application postponed to last week Monday by Magistrate Joe Magele in the Cape Town District Court for the same reason. It had been hoped that there would already be an outcome for his application.

Gavric has been in custody at the Sea Point police cells since his arrest on an extradition warrant in December.

Gavric was allegedly driving Western Cape underworld figure Cyril Beeka, when Beeka was shot dead in a night-time drive-by shooting in March last year.

In the course of his bail hearing last week, Gavric claimed in an affidavit handed to the court he had been unlawfully convicted on fabricated testimony by a Serbian court, for the murder of Raznatovic, also known as Arkan.

Arkan, a Serbian paramilitary leader, was killed in Belgrade in January 2000.

According to the Serbian news website B92, Gavric was arrested in 2001, for his alleged part in an assassination that left three people dead, including Arkan.

Gavric denied involvement in the murders and fled to South Africa. He was later sentenced to 35 years jail, in his absence.

Local police obtained a warrant for Gavric's arrest after they received an extradition request from Serbian officials.

Gavric's extradition proceedings had not yet commenced.

- SAPA
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