Bandidos accused Bogdan Cuic in court over 2012 execution-style murder

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FORMER Bandidos heavyweights sat in support of their clubmate when he appeared in court after evading authorities for three years following an execution-style murder.

Bogdan Cuic, 29, was this week extradited from Serbia to Brisbane, where he was charged with the 2012 murder of Jei “Jack” Lee outside an Eight Mile Plains shopping centre in Brisbane’s south.

EXTRADITED: Suspect returns from Serbia

It is one of the first times Australia has extradited a suspect from the Eastern European country.

Cuic is accused of leaving Australia in the hours after Mr Lee was shot in the head over what police allege was a cocaine deal gone wrong.

Appearing briefly in Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday, he smiled as former club mates George Bejat and Zivko Stojakovic sat in the public ­gallery during proceedings.

There is no suggestion Mr Bejat or Mr Stojakovic were involved in Mr Lee’s death.

Defence lawyer Jim Coburn requested an adjournment to coincide when his client’s co-accused, Marko Cokara, was due to have his matter re-heard in court for a committal mention.

Outside court, Mr Bejat said: “C’mon, mate, leave us alone,” when approached for comment by The Courier-Mail.

Bogdan Cuic in court yesterday.

Murder victim Jei Lee aka 'Jack' Lee

Homicide Detective Inspector Damien Hansen praised the efforts of his international counterparts in assisting with the tricky extradition of Cuic from Serbia.

“I think it’s a fantastic ­effort,” he said.

“The investigators never gave up.”

While Australia has no formal extradition treaty with Serbia, there is a “crime co-operation agreement” between the two countries.

Insp Hansen singled out the Australian Federal Police, the Federal Attorney-General’s Department and Serbian authorities, including the fugitive squad, for special praise.

“It was a very difficult ­murder investigation to begin with,” Insp Hansen said.

“And this just added another level of complexity that I certainly haven’t experienced.”

Cuic will appear again in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on June 13.

Zivko Stojakovic and George Bejat show their support for Cuic at Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday.

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