Lawyer: Louka's death a miscarriage of justice

2015-05-12 05:28
George Louka (Jenni Evans, News24)

George Louka (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Johannesburg - 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.

At the time he sat in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank by his feet and a breathing mask over him.

Louka was a no-show in court on Friday as his lawyer claimed he was too ill to attend proceedings.

He was expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on a charge of possession of suspected stolen property.

Louka was extradited to South Africa last year to face several charges, including one relating to Jackson's murder.

He denied killing Jackson and blamed Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, who himself faces a murder charge.

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