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Sam Issa, the man gunned down in Bedfordview, was a drug trafficker and when he was killed owed his suppliers millions.
This is according to specialist investigator Mike Bolhuis, who is part of a team that is investigating the death of the Lebanese citizen.
Issa, known as Sam Issa aka The Cripple or Black Sam in underworld circles, was killed last Saturday after more than than 33 bullets were fired at his Audi Q7. He was killed near his home in Bedfordview.
Issa has been liked to Radovan Krejcir, and according to reports, he was seen outside the Czech fugitive’s home the night before his death.
Bolhuis told Saturday Star that Issa imported drugs.
“Issa’s main suppliers were in South America,” he said.
“He would import cocaine from Brazil to South Africa and those buying in South Africa would then sell to nightclubs and so on. Issa was the middle man in the drug deals.”
Bolhuis says the word from the underworld is that Issa was killed because he apparently owed the suppliers.
“Four weeks ago Issa was beaten up badly by his suppliers from Brazil because he did not pay them.”
It was alleged he was owed R2 million by Krejcir, according to Bolhuis.
Issa had pressured Krejcir for the money, and soon afterwards the illegal immigrant was gunned down.
Saturday Star called Krejcir several times but did not respond to our calls or SMS. He has, in other reports, denied any involvement with Issa.
Hawks spokesman Captain Paul Ramaloko said the unit would not comment on speculation. He added that they had not received any information regarding Issa’s involvement with drugs.
“We are dealing with the murder only. ”
Meanwhile Bolhuis believes that corrupt police officers were involved in the murder.
“We have established that Issa was shot with an R5 which is a police/military-issued weapon. We found the cases on the scene,’ said Bolhuis.
“There was definitely police corruption. We are suspecting three corrupt policeman from the East Rand.”
But the Hawks insisted the killer was not a policeman.
“We are 100 percent sure that no policeman was involved,” Ramaloko said. “Our manhunt for another suspect continues. There has been a name thrown around by the media. We investigated this specific officer and he has been cleared. He was in Bloemfontein at the time and we have CCTV footage to prove it.”
Bolhuis believes that there are more hits to follow.
“The bloodshed is not over, it’s far from it. I am expecting more hits to follow after this.”
Bolhuis has pleaded to the public to come forward and contact him should they have information on the murder.
He said Issa had been living in South Africa for the last 16 years after fleeing from France “because he was a convicted felon”.
“Issa fled from France because he was a convicted felon. He was involved in an anti-Semitic attack,” said Bolhuis.
“When he came to South Africa, Issa was involved in the underworld, in racketeering, as well as drugs.”
Independent forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan said that Issa had been in South Africa on a false identity document, after he had run a check on the Lebanese man’s identity document. - Saturday Star