Louka repatriation arrangements under way

2015-05-13 17:43
George Louka (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Johannesburg - Arrangements for the repatriation of the remains of George Louka to Cyprus are under way, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

"The timing of that is unresolved," said Owen Blumberg, who had tried to get Louka out of jail in April and home to his wife and children while he was in the final stages of lung cancer.

Louka died on Monday at the Kgosi Mampuru prison hospital while he was awaiting trial for the murder of Lolly Jackson, which had been set down for October in the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge.

Louka had been taken to hospital feeling ill, was stabilised, and then sent back to the prison hospital. He died on Monday.

During his last court appearance, Louka was a much thinner version from the Interpol picture circulated when he jumped the border into Mozambique and made his way home to Cyprus after Jackson's murder.

He was finally extradited to stand trial but in April he could not walk into the dock and had to use an oxygen tank to help him breathe when the application for his release was made.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said that the Jackson murder would be removed from the court roll even though Louka had rasped out a claim that it was allegedly Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir who killed Jackson.

"The deceased was the only person charged in this case. Should any evidence at any stage come to light of any other person who may be implicated in it, it will be investigated and a decision will be made," NPA spokesperson Velekhaya Mgobhozi said.

Sworn statement

Louka's dying testimony does not count because there is no written sworn statement, according to Mgobhozi.

"The National Prosecuting Authority never received any statement from the defence. We need an affidavit, a sworn statement," he said, adding that the NPA did not delay the murder trial.

"In January he said he wanted the matter to be postponed for a trial and his lawyer said he has got information they were going to share with the NPA. We never received a statement."

In court on a separate matter on Wednesday, Krejcir's lawyer Annelene van den Heever said her client was desperate to clear his name and the suggestion of an inquest had been made.

Krejcir had also said he would provide his DNA if necessary.

Read more on:    npa  |  george louka  |  radovan krejcir  |  johannesburg

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