Dobrosav Gavric in the country illegally

The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that Serbian national Dobrosav Gavric, who also goes by the alias Sasa Kovacevic, entered South Africa illegally on 22 September 2007, using a fraudulent passport with a fake identity from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Gavric is wanted by Serbia, where he received a 35-year prison sentence for the murder of warlord Zeljko Raznatovic and two others. He was arrested after the Serbian government requested that he be extradited.

“On the basis of this fraudulent passport, permit and false identity, Mr Gavric and his wife Danijela Lazic, fraudulently acquired temporary residence permits and permanent residence permits,” Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni said in a briefing on Thursday.

He added that Gavric acknowledged that his visas were obtained using an alias, making these invalid, simply on this count alone.

Gavric was clearly in breach of the Immigration Act and he and his family have been declared “undesirable persons” under the Act.

“Based on the determination that Mr Gavric and his family, including minor children, are declared as prohibited and undesirable persons, the department will ensure that the provisions of our Immigration Act are implemented,” Apleni said. – BuaNews