Krejcir paid R4m to Lolly Jackson’s ‘killer’

2013-11-17 14:00

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The R4 million Czech fugitive and convicted criminal Radovan Krejcir paid to the alleged killer of sleaze boss Lolly Jackson before he fled South Africa for Cyprus could be the missing link police have been looking for.

An affidavit by the SA Revenue Service (Sars) group executive in charge of enforcement investigations, Johann van Loggerenberg, says Krejcir paid R3.7?million to George Louca, known as George Smith, in a “fake loan”.

Krejcir met Louca in prison when he was arrested after his fraudulent entry into South Africa in April 2007, when he arrived from the Seychelles with a passport in the name of Jules Savvy.

Krejcir, who was the target of a bomb explosion in Johannesburg this week that killed two of his associates, has long been a prime suspect in the May 2010 murder of Jackson.

City Press reported more than two years ago that shortly before his death, Jackson was approached to give evidence against Krejcir as part of an investigation into a multimillion-rand money laundering scheme.

Police believe Jackson may have been killed to silence him and that the alleged trigger man, Louca, was part of a wider conspiracy.

In a dramatic week that turned the Johannesburg suburb of Bedfordview into a battlefield after another murder attempt on Krejcir, Sars dealt him another blow on Friday after it obtained a court order placing his assets under the control of a curator.

Sars says in its court application that Krejcir owes it at least R60?million in taxes, penalties and interest.

The investigation is ongoing and this figure can balloon.

The court order granted seizure of control of the assets of 15 other entities linked to Krejcir, his wife and son.

They include the Money Point pawn business in Bedfordview, which was seriously damaged in the blast this week.

City Press reported in July that Krejcir can expect a tax bill of up to R100?million after a three-year Sars investigation and a confidential secret tax inquiry into his wealth.

The Sars papers submitted to court this week reveal dramatic new disclosures about Krejcir’s shady business deals.

They also cast new light on his links with several underworld figures who have been murdered since his arrival in South Africa more than six years ago on a fake passport.

Krejcir is currently fighting extradition from South Africa.

He has been convicted of fraud and money laundering in the Czech Republic, and sentenced to long-term imprisonment.

His application for asylum was refused in October 2008. He later appealed to the Refugee Appeal’s Board and is awaiting its verdict.

Since his arrival in South Africa, at least 12 people associated or involved with Krejcir have been murdered.

Krejcir himself was the victim of two assassination attempts in the past four months.

He has consistently pleaded innocence in any criminal activity.

He told Eyewitness News this week that he was just a “family man who is trying to enjoy his life in the country. I love and try to help everybody.”

Krejcir has pleaded poverty to Sars, claiming that his wife supported him financially.

He also had no assets registered in his name.

But Sars has discovered the existence of Groep Twee Beleggings, a company registered in the name of his wife, Katerina Krejcirova.

Groep Twee Beleggings was established in April 2006 when Krejcir was still living in the Seychelles while on the run from Czech police for a host of crimes.

Groep Twee became the conduit Krejcir used to set up a money-exchange scheme that counted Jackson among its participants.

Louca is fighting extradition from Cyprus to South Africa, where he must stand trial for Jackson’s murder.

Louca has submitted to the Cypriot court of appeal that his life would be in mortal danger if he returned to South Africa.

He has claimed he was only a witness to the shooting of Jackson and did not pull the trigger.

Sars says in its court papers that the loan to Smith was bogus because, in the agreement, he pledged a number of assets as security.

But these assets belonged to Krejcir and were among those he had accumulated in the Seychelles.

It also emerged in the papers that Krejcir ran a scheme to commit VAT fraud.

Sars has also implicated Krejcir in a scheme to evade tax and launder money.

Krejcir did not answer his phone this week.

Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay said it did not want to comment on Krejcir’s tax affairs.

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