Hundreds of cops to guard court as Krejcir applies for bail

2013-12-03 00:00

ADVOCATE Willie Vermeulen SC for Radovan Krejcir yesterday said the State’s case against the Czech fugitive was so weak that the magistrate should declare Krejcir’s arrest invalid.

Krejcir yesterday appeared to apply for bail under strict security with three co-accused — including two members of the Hawks and an alleged drug dealer — in the Germiston District Court in Palm Ridge on the East Rand.

Vermeulen asked for bail of R50 000 and told the court there was no possibility of Krejcir leaving the country.

However, instead of declaring the arrest invalid, magistrate Geo Martini felt a higher court should preside over the matter.

The State opposed bail and said Krejcir was a flight risk and that he and his co-accused posed a danger to witnesses because they knew where they and their relatives stayed.

Following the decision to move the case, another magistrate, Reginald Dama, gave an order allowing the media to use their cellphones and take pictures inside the court room.

About 100 members of the police, Ekurhuleni metro police and private security guards searched every car going into the court grounds. About 30 heavily-armed members of the police tactical response team did duty in and outside the courtroom.

State prosecutor Louis Mashiane said the state had a very strong case. Investigating officer Captain Freddy Ramuhala told the court how one Doctor, a runner for Krejcir and employee at O.R. Tambo airport, had fled with a 25 kg shipment of crystal meth, also known as tik, which was allegedly worth R24 million and destined for Australia.

As result, Krejcir allegedly ordered Hawks warrant officers Sam “Saddam” Maropeng and Jeff Nthoroane to abduct Doctor’s brother, Bhekithemba Lukele. Lukele was allegedly taken to Money Point, Krejcir’s business premises, where boiling water was poured on his head while he was held for four days.

Vermeulen asked magistrate Dama to take “with a pinch of salt” parts of Ramuhala’s statement.

Krejcir, Maropeng, Nthoroane and Desai Lupondo (allegedly a drug dealer), pleaded not guilty on all the charges, which were attempted murder, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm and abduction.

Krejcir claimed that the police had assaulted and tortured him after his arrest on November 22.

The case continues tomorrow.

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