WHO KILLED LOLLY JACK­SON?

Prime sus­pect in the killing of Lolly Jack­son says the Czech fugi­tive was the man who pulled the trig­ger in 2010

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MANDY WIENER

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news@city­press.co.za eorge Louka, the man who for five years has been the prime sus­pect in the mur­der of Teaz­ers boss Lolly Jack­son, says Radovan Kre­j­cir was the man who pulled the trig­ger on the “King of Sleaze”. Louka has de­posed to a lengthy af­fi­davit about what un­folded at his rented house in Kemp­ton Park, south of Joburg, on May 3 2010.

In the doc­u­ment, signed in Novem­ber last year, he names the no­to­ri­ous Czech fugi­tive as the trig­ger­man.

Louka’s trial is set to start in Joburg’s Palm Ridge Re­gional Court to­mor­row.

After Jack­son’s mur­der, Louka fled to his na­tive Cyprus. He was ar­rested there and, from a prison cell in Li­mas­sol, gave in­ter­views say­ing he was not the one who pulled the trig­ger. He in­sisted he would not go down alone and his life would be in dan­ger if he re­turned to Jo­han­nes­burg. He has been held at a se­cret lo­ca­tion for his own safety since be­ing ex­tra­dited last year.

Louka’s lawyer, Owen Blum­berg, con­firmed that his client had au­thored a state­ment, but de­clined to re­veal any de­tails.

Foren­sic con­sul­tant Paul O’Sul­li­van told City Press that, in Louka’s ver­sion of events, Jack­son was shot “sub­se­quent to a ver­bal and then phys­i­cal dis­pute con­cern­ing money laun­der­ing”.

“Ac­cord­ing to the sworn state­ment, Radovan Kre­j­cir had pro­duced fake doc­u­ments to show that he had put money into an over­seas ac­count be­long­ing to Lolly Jack­son. Lolly Jack­son re­alised that the money wasn’t there, and the dis­pute en­sued.

“They met at George Louka’s rented ac­com­mo­da­tion, Radovan Kre­j­cir pulled out a gun, shot Lolly Jack­son dead and pointed the gun at George Louka,” said O’Sul­li­van, who has ded­i­cated much of the past few years to hav­ing Kre­j­cir ar­rested and tried on or­gan­ised crime charges.

“Radovan Kre­j­cir told George Louka to drag the body into the garage so they could put him into the back of his own Jeep and, dur­ing that process, George Louka saw an op­por­tu­nity, jumped in the Jeep and drove off be­cause he felt that he was go­ing to be killed.

“Radovan Kre­j­cir is the one who should be placed in the dock, not George Louka,” O’Sul­li­van said.

Louka, who is also known as George Smith, was a petty crim­i­nal and crack ad­dict and met Kre­j­cir when the two shared a jail cell in 2007. Kre­j­cir later met Jack­son and a com­plex money laun­der­ing scheme was al­legedly hatched, with Louka act­ing as the mid­dle man.

Of­fi­cials sus­pect that mil­lions of rands were shifted across bor­ders, flout­ing ex­change con­trols, so that Jack­son could fund his in­sa­tiable ap­petite for flashy fast cars – pri­mar­ily a Pa­gani Zonda im­ported from Sin­ga­pore. It is this scheme in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve pro­vided the mo­tive for Jack­son’s mur­der. A sec­ond source close to the case con­firmed the con­tents of Louka’s af­fi­davit and City Press has seen, though not stud­ied, a copy of it.

“I’m un­com­fort­able that any­one in­volved in th­ese in­ves­ti­ga­tions is mak­ing state­ments in relation to a mat­ter about to come be­fore the high court,” Blum­berg said.

“Paul O’Sul­li­van does not rep­re­sent my client in the mat­ter and hasn’t con­ferred with me in relation to mak­ing any pub­lic dis­clo­sure in this re­gard.”

Mean­while, mem­bers of the Hawks who are run­ning the of­fi­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­sist they know noth­ing about Louka co­op­er­at­ing with other agen­cies and pos­si­bly turn­ing state wit­ness.

The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer in the case, Colonel PW van Heer­den – who also spear­headed the failed Brett Keb­ble mur­der case – is push­ing ahead with us­ing Kre­j­cir as the state’s star wit­ness against Louka.

“They’re go­ing fully ahead with it that way,” a mem­ber of the task team in­ves­ti­gat­ing un­der­world mur­ders told City Press.

It’s un­der­stood that another law en­force­ment agency has se­cured the state­ment, even though the case docket is still sit­ting with the Hawks.

The of­fi­cial wit­ness list shows that pros­e­cu­tors plan to rely heav­ily on po­lice foren­sic spe­cial­ists.

Kre­j­cir, who is cur­rently in jail on a sep­a­rate at­tempted mur­der charge, also ap­pears on the list.

The Czech’s lawyer Piet du Plessis said Kre­j­cir had not been vis­ited by any of­fi­cials for con­sul­ta­tions or a view to him tak­ing the stand.

Du Plessis also de­clined to com­ment on Louka nam­ing his client as Jack­son’s killer.

The Czech has re­peat­edly de­nied any in­volve­ment in any mur­der in South Africa.

Velekhaya Mgob­hozi of the Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA) said no deals had been dis­cussed or en­tered into with Louka’s le­gal team.

“The NPA is ready to pro­ceed with a trial [to­mor­row]. The NPA has been ap­proached by the de­fence with a view of lodg­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tions. There­fore the mat­ter will not pro­ceed to trial un­til the NPA has looked into those rep­re­sen­ta­tions to be lodged,” said Mgob­hozi.

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