Louka bail bid abandoned

2012-03-27 18:59

Johannesburg - Strip club boss Lolly Jackson's alleged killer George Louka, who is in custody in Cyprus, abandoned his bail application on Tuesday, the national prosecuting authority (NPA) said.

"He didn't indicate a reason for abandoning the bail application and the matter was postponed to April 9," said spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga.

He said extradition papers were already en route to Cyprus.

"The South African high commissioner will then submit them to that country's justice department so that prosecutors can proceed with the extradition application on his next appearance," he said.

"We are confident that having complied with all the legislative aspects, we will have him extradited to South Africa."

On Saturday the NPA said they started extradition proceedings before Louka's arrest.

"We submitted our extradition application about a month ago, even before he was arrested. We have opted for the European submission route because we don't have a bilateral extradition treaty with Cyprus," he said.

"[Louka] will in all probability oppose our application and we will make submissions to the court he is appearing in."

In addition to the 2010 murder of Jackson, the owner of the Teazers strip club franchise, Louka was wanted for theft, possession of suspected stolen property and fraud, Mhaga said.

National police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said Louka been on the run since 2010 and was now in the custody of Cypriot police.

Louka allegedly phoned Gauteng crime intelligence boss Joey Mabasa and confessed to killing Jackson shortly after the murder.

The arrest is the first step in attempts by the SA Police Service and the NPA to extradite Louka, who openly spoke to the media about his escape from South Africa after the killing.

He told the Sunday Times in a recent interview that he wanted to talk to the SAPS.

"But I don't think I will get a fair trial," he was quoted as saying.