Ipid to probe Krejcir assault allegations

2013-11-25 10:57

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The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) will probe allegations by Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir that he has been assaulted.

Ipid spokesman Moses Dlamini said Krejcir was arrested for attempted murder and kidnapping at his home by a group of police officers.

“They took the complainant to a veld in the direction of Katlehong, where he was allegedly shocked with a tazer and a plastic bag was placed over his head to suffocate him,” Dlamini said in a statement today.

“The complainant allegedly lost consciousness.”

This was reported to the Ipid after a case of assault was opened at Protea Glen police station.

“The Ipid took over the docket on November 24. The investigation continues. No arrests have been made,” said Dlamini.

Krejcir was sentenced in the Czech Republic last year after being convicted in absentia for money laundering. He would face an 11-year sentence if extradited.

Today, the High Court in Johannesburg was expected to rule on whether Krejcir would be moved from jail to hospital.

His lawyers filed an urgent application with the court yesterday requesting that Krejcir be moved from jail to hospital.

They claimed Krejcir was assaulted following his arrest.

The verdict was expected to be delivered at 11.30am.

Krejcir’s doctor, which the court said cannot be named for security reasons, recommended he be hospitalised. He said Krejcir could face renal failure if he did not get medical attention.

The doctor said the injuries suffered by Krejcir were consistent with those of someone who had been assaulted.

The State also called its own doctor, who claimed he had observed injuries on Krejcir wrists. He claimed these could have been caused by the handcuffs.

The State argued Krejcir could receive medical attention in jail.

Meanwhile, Krejcir and a co-accused were expected to appear in the Alberton Magistrates’ Court for kidnapping and attempted murder charges.

It was not known how the latest developments would affect the appearance.

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