Serbian fugitive back in court

2012-03-06 17:07

Cape Town - Serbian fugitive Dobrosav Gavric, who fled to South Africa reportedly using a false name and passport, made two brief appearances in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Both appearances were before Magistrate Jasthree Steyn. One case dealt with extradition proceedings for Gavric's deportation back to Serbia. The second related to fraud charges involving his entry into South Africa.

Gavric is being sought to serve a 35-year prison sentence for the murder of Serbian warlord Arkan Raznatovic.

He also allegedly obtained a South African passport, driver's licence and firearm licence using the name Sasa Kovacevic. Both matters were postponed to March 20.

Gavric's true identity was exposed after he was wounded in a drive-by shooting that claimed the life of underworld figure Cyril Beeka.

At the time of the shooting, Gavric was Beeka's chauffeur. The Serb was arrested soon afterwards for possession of drugs, after police found cocaine in Beeka's car. This matter is pending in the Bellville Magistrate's Court.

Gavric was recently refused bail by Magistrate Joe Magele, who said he had failed to persuade the court that there were exceptional and substantial circumstances allowing his release from custody.

Magele said Gavric was entitled to resist his extradition by legal means, but there was a strong possibility he would instead resist his deportation by disappearing.