Gavric extradition case on hold

2012-08-30 21:30

Johannesburg - Extradition proceedings against convicted Serbian assassin Dobrosav Gavric were postponed by the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

This was due to a pending decision from the Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs on his asylum application.

Magistrate Zwelidumile Sogwagwa postponed the matter to October.

Gavric, 38, fled Serbia to escape a 35-year prison sentence for a triple murder. One of his victims was a Serbian "warlord" known as Arkan.

He entered South Africa in 2007 under the false name and passport of Sasa Kovacevic and used the alias to apply for a driver's licence and to identify himself to the Sandton, Johannesburg police.

He appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on 12 July, when the case was postponed for a first time, pending a decision on his asylum application.

Gavric faces five counts of fraud, one of contravening the Immigration Act, and one relating to the illegal possession of a 9mm Glock pistol.

He is in custody.