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Louka to stay locked up abroad

Lolly Jackson murder suspect George Louka, also known as George Smith, was ordered to remain behind bars...

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Lolly Jackson murder suspect George Louka, also known as George Smith, was ordered to remain behind bars in Cyprus on Tuesday morning, after his case was postponed.

His next court appearance will be on 9 April.

Judge Elena Efrem said that the seriousness of the crime outweighed the defence’s argument for his release.

The fact that Louka has family and roots in Cyprus was not reason enough for the judge to release him.

Louka’s distraught father repeated over and over again in Greek, “We’re not finished, we’re not finished.” 

The suspect was taken back to the Central Jail of Nicosia, where he will be kept behind bars until his next court appearance.

Louka was arrested in Limassol on Friday.

He fled South Africa in 2010 shortly after he allegedly shot and killed Jackson. 

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) brought a request for extradition to South Africa through the European Convention because there was no extradition treaty between Cyprus and South Africa.

Security measures at the court were tight as the Greek Cypriot was linked to organised crime.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)


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