'Serbian assassin' fights to remain in SA

Dobrosav Gavric’s lawyer says he is fighting an uphill battle to secure his client's freedom.

The so-called Serbian Assassin is expected to continue to fight his extradition in 2013.

CAPE TOWN - The lawyer representing Dobrosav Gavric says he is fighting an uphill battle to secure his client's freedom.

The so-called 'Serbian assassin' is wanted in his home country in connection with a triple murder.

He was sentence to 35 years in jail in connection with the crimes.

The sentence was handed down in absentia.

Gavric, who entered South Africa in 2007 using a fake passport, is fighting attempts to have him extradited from South Africa.

He was driving Cyril Beeka's car when the underworld figure was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Cape Town last year.

Gavric, the alleged hitman of a Serbian mafia group, is currently behind bars at the Goodwood Prison.

His lawyer Juan Smuts says he wants to appeal an earlier decision that saw his client being denied bail.

He is also appealing a committee's decision to deny Gavric refugee status in South Africa.

"His application for extradition has been placed on hold pending the outcome of the appeals."

Smuts says Gavric, who is suffering from a spinal injury after he was shot in 2010, is physically and mentally well but misses his family.

The Serbian will return to court on January 18.