Big week ahead for Gemballa, Krejcir and Mdluli cases

2011-04-01 12:53

Next week promises to be a busy court week for Czech fraud accused Radovan Krejcir, crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli and three others charged with killing Krejcir’s associate, Uwe Gemballa.

The following week, controversial investigator Paul ’O Sullivan is also expected to make an appearance at the High Court in Johannesburg.

A high police visibility was expected at the court appearances.

“We always deal with security depending on personnel and we will be guided by the threat analysis,” said national police spokesman Colonel Vish Naidoo.

“I can’t say more than that.”

Yesterday Mdluli’s co-accused, a 52-year-old lieutenant colonel attached to police crime intelligence was expected to appear at the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court in connection with a 1999 love triangle murder.

He, Mdluli and two others – court orderly Samuel Dlomo, 49, and Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba, 38 – would appear in connection with the killing of Oupa Abel Ramogibe 12 years ago.

The charges include intimidation, kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and defeating and/or obstructing the course of justice.

Ramogibe apparently received death threats after marrying Mdluli’s ex-lover and was allegedly told to leave her or he would be killed.

He had opened an attempted murder case before his death.

Mdluli who was the station commissioner at Vosloorus police station, in Boksburg, on the East Rand, was accused of sabotaging the investigations.

The Mail & Guardian reported that the Hawks were also probing Mdluli and his colleague Joey Mabasa over allegations that they interfered with the Krejcir investigation but the National Prosecuting Authority said there was no link.

O’Sullivan had told journalists last week that the pair were involved with Krejcir and he would ensure they were put behind bars.

On Tuesday, Garlond Holworthy, 32, Thabo Mohapi, 36, and Kagiso Linken, 29, were due to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court charged with kidnapping and murdering Gemballa, a German supercar conversion specialist.

Gemballa was linked to former Teazers boss Lolly Jackson who was killed last year.

Before Jackson died, he and Krejcir allegedly held talks over a Gemballa franchise deal.

Gemballa, 55, disappeared after arriving at OR Tambo airport in February last year.

His body was found in a shallow grave in Pretoria in October.

Last year, Thabiso Melvin Mpye, 29, was convicted and sentenced in a plea agreement to the High Court in Johannesburg for his involvement in the Gemballa murder.

He pleaded guilty to kidnapping and killing the businessman shortly after arriving in Johannesburg.

The three others were in police custody ahead of their appearance on Tuesday.

During a raid on March 22 at Krejcir’s home, police allegedly found a hit list.

One of the names on the list was state prosecutor Riegal du Toit, who was involved in the investigation into Gemballa’s murder.

Also on the alleged list were security consultant Cyril Beeka, who was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Cape Town last Monday, O’ Sullivan, and a doctor, Marian Tupy, who had made a deal with the State to testify against Krejcir.

The urologist pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and admitted to falsifying medical records to show that Krejcir suffered from cancer. He received a suspended sentence in return for turning state witness.

It is alleged that Krejcir intended using the cancer diagnosis to avoid being extradited back to the Czech Republic where he was a wanted man.

Krejcir was due back in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court for a bail application yesterday.

On the same day Mdluli and two accomplices were due to appear in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court over the Ramogibe murder.

Meanwhile, the High Court in Johannesburg would on April 12 make a decision on an interim order barring O’Sullivan from assaulting, harassing, threatening, intimidating and/or verbally abusing Krejcir’s lawyer, Piet du Plessis, his family and colleagues.

He was also ordered not to “incite or instruct” others to do the same.

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