Louka fights extradition

Lolly Jackson murder suspect George Louka requests his extradition papers.

Teazers owner Lolly Jackson. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

CYPRUS - George Louka's defence team on Wednesday continued its extradition fight in Limassol District Court.

Louka fled South Africa shortly after the 2010 murder of Teazers boss Lolly Jackson at a house near OR Tambo International Airport.

He is currently fighting efforts to have him extradited to South Africa to face trial.

On Wednesday, his legal team told the court that the extradition papers reached Cyprus through an illegal route.

Defence lawyer Sofoklis Sofocleous continued to undermine the prosecution's case.

In court, he asked a state witness from the Foreign Ministry why the papers were sent through the South African embassy in Athens.

The witnesses replied that since Cyprus and South Africa have diplomatic relations, it was practically illegal for the papers to be sent through the embassy in Greece.

During the hearing, Louka asked the court for the South African extradition papers so he could study them in prison.

The judge refused his request.

On Monday, it emerged that legislation prevents Cypriot citizens from being extradited.

Louka 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.

The case will resume on May 18.