Two Hawks linked to Radovan Krejcir arrested

2013-11-26 10:18

Two members of the Hawks linked to Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir were arrested this morning.

“The officers are linked with Krejcir’s kidnapping case only,” said Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko.

National police spokesman Lt-Gen Solomon Makgale could only confirm one arrest made on Johannesburg’s East Rand just after 8am.

“The 41-year-old officer was involved in the kidnapping and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm that Krejcir has been arrested for.”

Makgale said the investigations were ongoing and the possibility of more arrests could not be ruled out.

Earlier, the Hawks denied that a Germiston police officer who took a loan from a company associated with Krejcir had resigned.

Head of the Germiston organised crime unit Colonel Francois Steyn, who reportedly took a R408 000 loan from a company associated by the Czech businessman, was on annual leave, according to Ramaloko.

“Steyn never offered to resign,” Ramaloko said.

Afrikaans daily Beeld reported today that Steyn had resigned but that national police commissioner Riah Phiyega refused to accept his resignation pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

“He is also not suspended. We can’t suspend a member based on media reports.”

Ramaloko said that Steyn was on annual leave.

“We have a team looking into the allegations [against Steyn].”

On Friday, the weekly Mail & Guardian reported that Steyn had taken a loan of R408 000 from a company Groep Twee Beleggings, but did not realise that the company was linked to Krejcir until five months later.

“I never took possession of the money. I never saw the money,” Steyn was quoted as saying.

The company was reportedly registered to Krejcir’s wife Katerina Krejcirova.

Steyn said the loan was organised by security consultant Cyril Beeka, who was shot dead in March 2011, so that Steyn could be a part of a start-up security company.

According to Steyn, Beeka agreed to service the loan until the company was up and running.

After Beeka’s death, Steyn received a summons for the R400 000 loan. A businessman friend of Steyn’s said he was owed nearly this much by Krejcir and a deal was struck for these debts to cancel each other out.

Yesterday, the South Gauteng High Court granted an urgent application for Krejcir to be moved from jail to a medical facility.

Krejcir was arrested on Friday in connection with an alleged kidnapping and assault that happened in June. Krejcir’s lawyers claim he was assaulted and tasered following his arrest.

Also yesterday, Krejcir and Desai Luphondo appeared briefly in the Palm Ridge Magistrates’ Court but proceedings were held in camera due to security concerns.

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