Louka extradition hearing postponed

The extradition hearing of the man accused of killing Lolly Jackson was heard in Cyprus, on Monday.

Teazers owner Lolly Jackson. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

CYPRUS - George Louka's extradition hearing was postponed in the Limassol District Court on Monday.

He is accused of murdering strip club king Lolly Jackson at a house near OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg back in May 2010.

Louka fled South Africa shortly after the murder and was arrested by Cypriot officials in March.

At the time of his arrest, Louka was also wanted for theft, fraud and possession of stolen property.

In court on Monday, the prosecution entered evidence obtained by their South African counterparts.

Prosecuting lawyer Elena Sophocleous presented her witness from the Cyprus Ministry of Justice, who formally filed the evidence against Louka.

But defence lawyer Sofoklis Sofocleous argued that the extradition papers have no standing because of a 1970 law.

The legislation prevents Cypriot citizens from being extradited.

Sofocleous also argued that the Cypriot Minister of Commerce was wrong to sign the extradition papers in the absence of the Minister of Justice.

He said this could not be done because this was not a common case.

The extradition papers and evidence came through the South African embassy in Athens and was delivered to the Ministry of Justice in Cyprus.

The judge prioritised the case and said it must be finalised soon.

The hearing will resume on May 16.