Gimi Levakovic, known in Denmark as ‘the Gypsy boss' (Sigøjnerbossen), was convicted on charges of having a loading pistol and making death threats by a Næstved court on Thursday and sentenced to 15 months in prison followed by expulsion from Denmark.
The lawyer for Levakovic, who became nationally-known thanks to a TV2 documentary entitled ‘The Gypsy Boss and His Notorious Family' (Sigøjnerbossen og hans berygtede familie), immediately filed an appeal against the decision.
Levakovic, a Roma from Croatia, is the head of what for many years has been called ‘Denmark's most criminal family' and is the self-declared ‘boss' of the nation's Romas.
According to TV2, the Levakovic family first arrived in Denmark in 1972 and most of the 45-member clan have never had jobs and have instead lived off a mix of welfare benefits and crime. Levakovic's Facebook page is filled with updates in which he flashily displays large sums of money. In an update posted after his sentence, he had a profane and grammatically-challenged message to Denmark.
“Fuck you Denmark and your Danes racist Pia Kjærsgaard [an icon of the Danish People's Party, ed.]. I'm already taking your free money with me; fuck you. But remember Denmark, I'll be back and it not just me but all of Romania!”, he wrote.
Three members of the Levakovic family have previously been sent back to Croatia for their crimes, which include home robberies, violence and rape.
The court said on Thursday that Levaokic's past escapades were a major factor in the decision to kick him out of the country.
“We have given weight to the fact that he has a history with numerous incidents of violence and we believe upon that background that there is a risk that he will continue his criminal activities,” Christian Ankerstjerne, a judge in the case, said in court according to Ekstra Bladet.
For his part, Levakovic claimed that despite his reputation and his propensity to refer to himself as ‘the Boss', he is actually nothing of the sort.
“After I participated in that programme on TV2, I've been portrayed as a mafia boss. I'm not at all a mafia boss or a boss of anything,” he said in court according to Ekstra Bladet.