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Serbian extradition case postponed

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Serbian fugitive Dobrosav Gavric tries to evade the media as he enters the Cape Town Magistrates Court. Photo: Brenton Geach

The extradition case of convicted Serbian assassin Dobrosav Gavric was postponed in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Gavric, 38, was meant to hear when his extradition proceedings would begin for his deportation back to Serbia.

However, the matter was still being considered by the national home affairs department.

He allegedly entered the country illegally, under a false name.

Gavric recently applied for political asylum but this was refused. His defence team appealed against the refusal.

Magistrate Zwelidumile Sogwagwa postponed the matter to July 12 to await a decision from the home affairs review board.

Gavric, wearing a grey jacket and jeans, was led back to the police cells and would remain in custody.

He fled Serbia to escape a 35-year prison sentence for a triple murder. One of his victims was a Serbian “warlord” known as Arkan.

He apparently entered South Africa in 2007 under the false name and passport of Sasa Kovacevic. He used this alias to apply for a driver’s licence in September 2009 and to identify himself to the Sandton police in December 2009.

The Serbian faces five fraud charges, one contravention of the Immigration Act, and a charge relating to the illegal possession of a 9mm Glock pistol. – Sapa

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