Mdluli's man arrested Radovan Krejcir

2013-12-01 14:00

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Czech fugitive to claim ‘Killer’ Ximba tried to torture a confession out of him.

The spectre of disgraced and suspended crime intelligence boss Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli is expected to surface in court tomorrow when Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir applies for bail.

City Press understands that Krejcir will tell the court about his “bizarre and unlawful” arrest by one of South Africa’s most notorious police officers.

Krejcir claims crime intelligence officer Colonel Nkosana “Killer” Ximba was in charge of his arrest and tried to torture a confession out of him.

Ximba is a longtime confidant of Mdluli and was appointed by the disgraced officer at crime intelligence.

Mdluli promoted him from constable to colonel in one day.

In opposing bail, the State will submit a medical report that Krejcir was heavily under the influence of a banned substance?–probably cocaine?–?at the time of his arrest.

City Press has reliably learnt the State will argue that Krejcir’s memory and understanding of the events that took place last Friday night – when he was arrested?–?is blurred and unreliable.

Krejcir was arrested in connection with the kidnapping and attempted murder of an East Rand business associate.

Crime intelligence obtained an arrest warrant earlier last week. They reportedly executed it without informing Lieutenant General Vinesh Moonoo, the head of the national task team overseeing the Krejcir investigation.

The arrest has allegedly caused a major rift between crime intelligence and the Hawks.

This was denied by national police commissioner Riah Phiyega at a press conference last Saturday.

Earlier this week, two Hawks warrant officers from the Germiston organised crime unit were arrested and accused of complicity in Krejcir’s alleged abduction of Bhekithemba Bhayiloni Lukele in June.

Krejcir will claim that he is innocent and a victim of the turf war between crime intelligence and the Hawks.

It is alleged that Ximba tried to force a confession from Krejcir that Gauteng Hawks boss Major General Shadrack Sibiya was on his payroll. Krejcir told Ximba it was untrue.

Sibiya was in charge of the initial murder investigation against Mdluli and is known to be at odds with the crime intelligence boss.

Krejcir will claim that Ximba threatened to kill him unless he admitted to an improper relationship with Sibiya.

Ximba was one of Mdluli’s co-accused in the 2011 murder case, but an inquest magistrate found last year that there was insufficient evidence to implicate either of them.

But in September, North Gauteng High Court Judge John Murphy ruled that all criminal charges against Mdluli, including the one of murder, should be immediately reinstated.

Ximba was also recently implicated in the alleged torture of detained striking mine workers at Marikana.

Crime intelligence sources say he is still regularly in contact with Mdluli.

Krejcir allegedly claims that Ximba and a female crime intelligence officer, Captain Candice Coetzee, drove him around for six hours and took him to various places while attempting to extract a confession from him.

A source told City Press Krejcir might claim that Ximba and Mdluli spoke to each other during the interrogation, but this could not be independently confirmed.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said police had expected Krejcir to come up with “all kinds of stories” to get bail.

Makgale said Krejcir’s arrest was lawful. Krejcir’s attorney, Eddie Classen, did not respond to requests for comment.

New documents cast light on Krejcir’s link to Issa

The police task team investigating Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir received information on Friday that casts new light on links between Krejcir and murdered Joburg drug dealer Sam Issa.

City Press is also in possession of the information that contains, among other things, incriminating statements and emails about Krejcir’s links to underworld characters.

The documents are dated between January and November this year.

In one of them, a Krejcir acquaintance says she met Issa two days before he died in a hail of bullets fired at his Audi Q7 in Bedfordview, eastern Joburg, in October.

“He told us he and Radovan had a fallout?…?and were not getting on,” the acquaintance said, adding that Issa allegedly mishandled a drug consignment. “He said they were going to shoot him.”

The name of the woman is known to City Press.

When contacted, she said she was terrified of “these underworld figures” and refused to say anything.

The acquaintance says that by knowing all this she is in “great danger” and her life is worth nothing.

The same documents that were given to City Press were handed on Friday to a top Hawks officer who is a member of the national task team.

Krejcir, now under guard in an undisclosed hospital, is linked to a legion of underworld criminals and recently survived two attempts on his life.

At least eight of Krejcir’s business and criminal associates have been murdered in recent years, including Issa, who was also known as “The Cripple” or “Black Sam”.

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