1 of Krejcir co-accused may turn State witness

2014-06-13 12:41
Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Charges were withdrawn in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Friday against one of nine people accused of conspiring to kill police Colonel Nkosana "Killer" Ximba and forensic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 the court on Friday.

The matter was postponed to 4 July for the State to amend its indictment against all eight and to transfer the matter to the South Gauteng High Court.

Indictment

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 the latest person to be arrested in the matter.

He was arrested on Monday when he reported to the Benoni police station as part of his bail conditions on a separate fraud case.

He had been out on bail of R30 000.

New arrest

Police also said on Friday 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.


- SAPA
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