George Louca, sought in South Africa as a suspect in the murder of a strip club boss four years ago, has been extradited to the country after the Supreme Court in Nicosia rejected his final appeal. According to South African police, Louca fled to Cyprus following the killing of Teazers club Lolly Jackson at a house in the Edenglen area of Pretoria on May 3, 2010. The country’s crime unit, known as the ‘Hawks’, have been seeking his extradition ever since, liaising with the Cyprus government through Interpol. Louca made several attempts to evade his return to South Africa but following a legal battle lasting more than three years, Cyprus authorities approved the extradition and was handed to South African police by Interpol yesterday morning. The suspect is also being investigated for several other cases to which South African authorities believe he may be linked.
In a 32 minute recording uploaded in the South African ‘Star’ in November last year, Louca allegedly admits to witnessing the Jackson murder and says he has spoken to the investigating officer on numerous occasions, telling him that if he gives him a guarantee he will be put into witness protection, then he will gladly return. “I saw what happened. They forced me to pull him. They didn’t know how to open the garage door, I did.” Louca felt his life was in danger as his brother, sister and child had all been threatened.