Radovan Krejcir’s co-accused turns state witness

2014-06-13 12:13

Charges were withdrawn in the Alexandra Magistrates’ Court today against one of nine people accused of conspiring to kill police Colonel Nkosana “Killer” Ximba and forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan.

Jacob Nare was not present at the court and was expected to become a state witness once the trial against Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and seven others facing the same charges began.

Krejcir, Siboniso Miya, Owen Serero, Zodumo Biyela, ex-crime intelligence sergeant Nandi Nkosi, Welcome Nkanyiso Mafunda, Siphiwe Memela, and Mike Grigorov appeared in court today.

The matter was postponed to July 4 for the state to amend its indictment against all eight and to transfer the matter to the high court in Johannesburg.

Prosecutor Lawrence Gcaba said the addition of a new suspect had delayed the completion of the indictment and asked for three weeks to finalise it.

Bulgarian national Grigorov, who is believed to be Krejcir’s accountant and right-hand man, was arrested on Monday.

Police also said today that another man, the owner of a security company, had been arrested in connection with the case.

Magistrate Renier Boshoff granted the postponement despite opposition from the lawyers of the accused.

Annelene van der Heever, for Krejcir, said the State strategically arrested Grigorov days before the group’s appearance to cause more delays.

“If he was implicated for this matter, why did they wait to arrest him [four] days before court? I would have expected them to arrest him weeks ago.”

She said Grigorov had been reporting to the police station for the past two months.

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