Louca ‘not sure about funds for lawyer’

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IOL pic feb10 george louca file Independent Newspapers George Louca. File picture: Supplied

Johannesburg - The murder case against Cypriot George Louca was postponed to February 18 by the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Monday.

During this time, Louca was told to appoint an attorney as he did not have one.

“I need to speak to my family and see what funds we have available to appoint an attorney,” Louca said through an interpreter.

Louca said he needed between seven to 14 days for this. Magistrate Prince Manyathi said the charges against Louca included murder and money laundering.

Prosecutor JJ du Toit put further information on the record. He said George Smith, Louca's alias, faced four criminal charges at various courts. The and second related to possession of suspected stolen property. The third involved defeating or obstructing the course of justice, racketeering, and money laundering.

The fourth was murder, possession of a firearm, and ammunition in connection with the murder of Teazers strip club owner Lolly Jackson.

Louca returned to South Africa on Sunday morning after losing his final appeal in the Supreme Court of Cyprus, the last of several attempts to evade extradition.

Louca fled South Africa after Jackson's murder at a house in Edenglen, on the East Rand, on May 3, 2010. He allegedly phoned Gauteng crime intelligence boss Joey Mabasa and confessed to killing Jackson shortly after the murder.

Lt-Gen Solomon Makgale said on Sunday the Hawks were investigating a number of other cases to which Louca could possibly be linked. Louca previously told the Sunday Times he did not believe he would be granted a fair trial. - Sapa



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