Krejcir awaits bail judgment

2011-04-08 07:22

Judgment in the bail application of Czech fraud accused Radovan Krejcir is expected to be handed down today in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court.
Magistrate Phillip Venter said yesterday that he wanted time to consider statements made by the state and defence.

State prosecutor Riegal du Toit has asked that the application be denied.

Reading to the court from an affidavit by investigating officer Dumasani Patrick Mbotho, Du Toit said Krejcir knew several of the state witnesses and where they lived, and could possibly attempt to influence or threaten them.

In his statement, Mbotho claimed that Krejcir flew three Serbian assassins to South Africa on March 18 and 19 to kill some of the four people named on a list allegedly found in his home in Bedfordview.

At the top of the list was businessman Cyril Beeka, who was shot dead on March 21.

The State submitted that Krejcir was also a flight risk as he had family and funds overseas.

Krejcir is being held on fraud charges relating to a R4.5 million claim he allegedly made to an insurance company after obtaining medical papers stating that he had cancer.

His advocate Mike Hellens submitted that the state had a weak case based on hearsay.

“The state’s case is not to be trusted,” he told the court yesterday.

The court also heard that Krejcir denied making the false insurance claim.

His personal physician Marian Tupy had told him he had cancer because he had immense bladder pain. Tupy had operated on him eight times.

“Tupy is dishonest and has a motive to falsely accuse me,” Krejcir said in his affidavit.

Krejcir said he went for tests in February, when possibly cancerous lesions were found on the wall of his bladder.

He said that, if granted bail, he would go for further tests.

Krejcir’s wife, Katerina, their son Denis and his mother Nadezda were in court yesterday.

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