Serb shooter hands himself in

2011-12-28 00:00

DOBROSAV Gavric, the assassin who was found guilty by a Serbian court in 2000 of the murder of the infamous crook and war criminal, Zeljko Raznatovic (aka Arkan) and two bystanders, has handed himself over to the Hawks in Cape Town.

Colonel McIntosh Polela, national spokesperson for the Hawks, yesterday confirmed that the 38-year-old Gavric, who entered South Africa in 2007 under the false name Sasa Kobasevic, handed himself over at the Belville office of the Directorate for Priority Crimes at about 10 am.

In 2000 in Serbia Gavric was sentenced in absentia to 35 years' imprisonment on three charges of murder.

Polela said that the South African police worked closely with the Serbian authorities to confirm Gavric's identity and that a warrant for his arrest was issued on Monday with the intention to extradite him to Serbia.

He is expected to contest his extradition in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court.

The Hawks are now investigating how Gavric could enter South Africa with a fake passport.

The Serbian authorities asked South Africa to extradite Gavric after his true identity surfaced during the investigation of a gang-style execution of an alleged crime boss in the Cape, Cyril Beeka.

Beeka (49) was shot dead in Cape Town on March 21 by a rival gang. Gavric, who drove Beeka's car, was wounded.

Beeka had close links with Radovan Krejcir, the alleged godfather of the Czech mafia, who also entered South Africa with a fake identity, that of Egbert Julius Savy, in April 2007.

He was at the murder scene of Teazers boss Lolly Jackson before the police arrived.

Jackson's reported murderer, George Louka, confessed to the shooting to General Joey Mabasa, the former head of the Gauteng police's crime intelligence unit.

According to a sworn statement by Alekos Panayi, a former representative of the Laiki Bank in Cyprus, Louka, who is still missing, was the go-between in an alleged money-laundering scheme between Krejcir and Jackson.

General Mabasa lost his job in October after the close business links between his wife and that of Krejcir became known.

Paul O'Sullivan, the private investigator who helped to expose the crime links of former national head of police Jackie Selebi, took a statement from Juan Meyer, a former partner of Krejcir, on June 11 last year.

Meyer stated Krejcir gave Mabasa bags of money and that both Mabasa and Louka had threatened him on behalf of Krejcir.

Right: Zeljko Raznatovic, aka Arkan.

Photo: Napisao Srbija

One of Interpol's 'most wanted'

ZELJKO Raznatovic, aka Arkan, was one of the "Most Wanted Suspects" on Interpol's list in the 1970s and 1980s.

The United Nations has charged him with crimes against humanity and transgressing the Geneva Convention during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Gavric shot Raznatovic  through the left eye in the lobby of the InterContinental Hotel in Belgrade on January 15, 2000. Raznatovic died in his wife's arms on the way to hospital.

He also shot Milenko Mandic, an acquaintance of Raznatovic and Dragan Garic, a policeman.

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