Sunday, October 3, 2010

Uwe Gemballa -- Murdered

So it looks like all the speculation from when Uwe Gemballa disappeared earlier this year during a business trip to South Africa were very much true.  Uwe Gemballa has been found murdered, shot execution-style in the head. His body was discovered on September 28th with his hands bound behind his back wrapped and dumped in Atteridgeville.  So far there has been no indication whether his death was recent or if he was killed when he was first reported missing in February of this year.  The full story is still unwinding.

So here's the fun nitty gritty of the story.  February while under investigation by German authorities Uwe takes a business trip to South Africa were he suddenly calls his wife telling her he's been in an accident.  After that he isn't heard from again.  With his disappearance a missing person report is filed and news comes out about his many shady business deals and practices that  lead the German authorities to investigate him and his company for Tax evasion and other illegal activities.

Fast forward to this week when more information had surfaced about his involvement with Czech fugitive and South African organized crime boss, Radovan Krejcir which may have involved cash stuffed imported cars being used in a large scale money laundering scheme.  With the discovery of his body this last week though it helps to put an end to some of the questions but raises many more.  There is still a lot of speculation going around about what exactly befell the once famous Porsche Tuner but it is a sad end for his story.

To be honest I was never a fan of the Gemballa Tuner but still that's a sad end and I wish the company the best of luck in continuing after this recent development.

Couple news sources
Times Live
iol News
GT Spirit
World Car Fans

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