More security for Radovan Krejcir judge after car window cracked

2014-07-30 10:50

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Police have stepped up security for Judge Colin Lamont, who is presiding over Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir’s trial, following an incident while he was driving home.

“He heard a bang and realised his windscreen had cracked. We are investigating to determine what caused it,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale.

“As a precaution, given the matter he is presiding over, we decided to step up his security.”

No police case has yet been registered. The incident happened on Monday.

The Times reported it was a suspected drive-by shooting but Makgale dismissed this.

“No bullet was found. If it was a gunshot, the windscreen would have shattered. So let us investigate to establish the facts,” he said.

Makgale declined to say where the incident happened for security reasons.

The Star today reported that Lamont had expressed safety concerns during yesterday’s proceedings.

“There’s an additional matter that concerns my security, which is under investigation as a result of an incident that occurred yesterday [Monday],” he said.

“[It] either constitutes a serious attack on me personally or it’s an accident, but we don’t know which.”

On Monday, a knife was also discovered in the presence of Krejcir and his lawyers in a consultation room. The matter is also being investigated.

Krejcir's lawyer, Annelene van den Heever, said she had brought cake from her birthday celebrations and the knife was in the box.

Lamont asked: “What would’ve happened if that knife had been used by somebody? It’s a dangerous weapon.”

Lamont had also been told a kettle heating element had previously been found in a parcel given to Krejcir in court.

Krejcir, Desai Luphondo, Warrant Officers Samuel “Saddam” Maropeng and George Nthoroane, Jan Lefu Mofokeng, and Siboniso Miya face charges of kidnapping, attempted murder, and dealing in drugs. Boiling water was allegedly poured on one victim. All have denied guilt.

Lamont said he would tighten security on all packages in court.

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