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Fugitive 'mafia boss' in SA cancer con

2011-03-16 23:04

Johannesburg - The net is closing on fugitive Czech "mafia boss" Radovan Krejcir after he allegedly engineered a R4.5m insurance scam by coercing his doctor into falsely diagnosing him with cancer in a bid to secure a presidential pardon.

Documents and affidavits seen by Media24 Investigations reveal that an amount of R4 579 600 was paid out to Krejcir in July last year by Liberty Life after pathologists' reports confirmed the presence of secondary stage cancerous cells in a bladder biopsy submitted for testing by his doctor.

Discovery Healthcare also suffered R250 000 in losses as a result of the scam, documents state.

But in a dramatic development on Wednesday, Krejcir's doctor, Marian Tupy, entered into a plea-bargain agreement with the National Prosecuting Authority and agreed to testify that his diagnosis was fraudulent and that he "swapped the samples of a person that was known by me to have cancer, with samples of Krejcir, thereby indicating that Krejcir was sick".

In terms of the agreement, Tupy pleaded guilty in the Wynberg Regional Court to the charge of fraud and was sentenced to seven years imprisonment, suspended for five years.

“The accused has agreed to provide the State with full disclosure of the fraud and testify,” said the State prosecutor, Advocate Riegal du Toit.    

Political conspiracy

Krejcir, a fugitive from the Czech Republic, arrived in South Africa in 2007 on a Seychelles passport issued in the name Egbert Julius Savy. He is currently applying for asylum, arguing that he is the victim of a political conspiracy in his home country.

According to an affidavit deposed by Tupy, Krejcir initially intended to use the false cancer diagnosis as a means to obtain a presidential pardon from the Czech president.

Krejcir has twice been convicted in absentia in the Czech Republic on counts of fraud. In August 2006 he was sentenced to six years imprisonment. In January this year he was sentenced to a further eight years imprisonment.

In a series of damning affidavits, Tupy - a urologist who practices at the Flora Clinic in Florida - claims Krejcir first broached the "possibility of making a false diagnosis" in April 2008.

Tupy - himself of Czech origin - says Krejcir had mentioned to him that he had spent time in prison and he began making enquiries about his patient.

"I ascertained that he was alleged to be either the first or second-in-command of a mafia-type organisation that was based in Eastern Europe, with its headquarters in Prague.

"There were also stories about persons that had mysteriously 'disappeared', or been murdered, but no bodies found.

"Although I had never done anything like this in my life, I was now quite worried that I might be subject to unlawful 'pressures' by this man."

In interviews with Media24 Investigations last year, Krejcir scoffed at suggestions that he was "some big mafia boss from the Eastern Bloc" and said he had "absolutely nothing to hide".

Pack his bags

Tupy claims that he did not "fully intend to comply" with Krejcir's demands for him to concoct a false diagnosis and planned to "drag the thing out as long as I could, in the hope that he would sooner or later pack his bags and move to the next country of adoption".

But Krejcir did not leave and ensconced himself in South Africa, holding court at the Harbour Fish Market restaurant in the Bedford Centre, usually with one of his two Porsches, a Lamborghini Murcielago, a Ferrari Spider or a Mercedes parked outside.

In 2008, Groep Twee Beleggings - a company run by Krejcir's wife Katerina Krejcírová - bought a R13m, four-storey Bedfordview mansion, replete with a steel and glass lift, aquarium and an infinity pool overlooking the Johannesburg skyline.

Tupy quickly discovered that Krejcir now regarded him as his "personal physician", would call him at all hours of the day and night and often arrived unannounced at his rooms.

Eventually, in frustration, Tupy demanded that he put on a retainer.

Subsequently, Tupy did a biopsy on a cancer patient and took the sample back to his consulting rooms where he swapped it with a sample provided by Krejcir.

Psychopathic tendencies


By mid-2009, Tupy states, he had come to realise that Krejcir was "not your average guy on the street" and witnessed "what I could best describe as psychopathic tendencies".

"Krejcir often bragged that he could buy anyone he wanted.

"Indeed there were rumours that he had senior cops in his pocket. There were many people that mentioned about the high-level politicians, cops and prosecutors...that he had paid large bribes to...

"I wanted to get rid of him and his 'problems'. However, I also feared that if I just dropped him, he might do something unexpected."

Increasingly worried about his safety, Tupy contacted Paul O'Sullivan - the headline-grabbing crime buster whose investigations led to the corruption conviction of former police chief Jackie Selebi last year.

He gave O'Sullivan a copy of Krejcir's medical file and made an initial statement.

Krejcir later "forced" Tupy to hand over the original medical file and obtain the samples from the laboratory for him.

In January this year, Tupy met Krejcir again at a pub near the Flora Clinic. Krejcir "showed me a statement I had previously made and told me that, if he can prove I made that statement, he will kill me and he also said he would kill Paul O'Sullivan".

Tupy concedes that he broke the law but states: "I had no alternative, if I wanted to stay alive."

Comments
  • Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-03-16 23:24

    I would like to know the identities of the "... many people that mentioned about the high-level politicians, cops and prosecutors...that he had paid large bribes to..." Will be fun if this crook starts to sing like a canary. On the other hand: if he did they would deny, claim to be quoted out of context, be framed by reactionary counter revolutionary white racists of such things that we hear on a daily basis. Yet it would be nice to know..

      Leffy - 2011-03-17 05:41

      why "white racists" why do you immediately assume that the politicians are black? are there no white politicians in this country?

      Sipho - 2011-03-17 06:07

      SA's constitution is a farce allowing low lifes like Krejir to come here and walk around like he is something special. Send him back to his country and let the authorities deal with him. If he is so innocent then he must prove it in a court of law in the Czech republic, a first world country with a good legal system.

      Judge DREAD - 2011-03-17 07:00

      @Leffy because Leffy thats all the citizens of SA ever hear whenever the government ANC politicians are caught stealing again "its the white racists..." - where have you been Leffy? under a rock ?

      MJ77 - 2011-03-17 07:38

      @Leffy - Are you really that dumb or simply trying to be controversial?

      alousav - 2011-03-17 08:39

      Duh Leffy, think about you comment.r

  • emar.wennekes - 2011-03-16 23:58

    Piece of Sh&T.

      ekke - 2011-06-19 16:13

      Hey ek sal dink jy moet die mafia base en hul dinge uitlos en vir jou kinders begin sorg. N man hardloop nie net weg van sy dogters nie. Dis sleg. WAT moet ons vir hulle se? kontak my en begin my agterstalige onderhoud betaal want ek gaan jou kry en jy sal boet!!!!! Face die mense wat jou nodig het, moenie hol nie........ of as jy steeds te sleg is om onderhoud te betaal, kontak my dan reel ons vir n wettige aaneeming deur my man. net n handtekening....

  • David - 2011-03-17 00:03

    Of course, every one coming from "Eastern Europe" is either mafia boss or beggar. All depends, how much money he has. I was born and grew up in the Czech republic, in a small town about 10 km from where Krejcir lived. He started his business when he was very young, i believe he was buying shares in companies prior the Prague Stock Exchange has opened. Krejcir was successful, made millions and that's something that is unforgivable in the Czech Republic. Corruption is, or at least was couple of years back, common practice in the Czech Republic. Without kickbacks and bribes, one wouldn't survive. However, non of the presidents sons in CR is the youngest billionaire, although they both have masters degree. :-)

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-17 00:30

      Still a little strange for him to be claiming refugee status in South Africa, out of all places on this planet. Every city in Western Europe has loads of Czech immigrants. I suspect that's there's far more to the story. He should have moved to Brazil instead, they have no extradition treaty with anyone.

      Zamaswazi - 2011-03-17 08:15

      Have we stooped so low that we have to compare one criminal with another to see who comes up tops? Just because the CR persident's sons didn't make it to the list of youngest billionnaires doesn't make the corruption you talk about any better....contrary to what other readers would have us believe, always claiming that such things only occur in SA & are committed only by a certain race. My foot!

      alousav - 2011-03-17 09:02

      South Africa is a safe haven for crooks. They are able to pay the ANC for their stay.

      Bluemas - 2011-03-17 10:07

      @alousav...stop giving ANC free publicity dumbass

  • John Wilderness - 2011-03-17 02:01

    Corrupt politicians do not operate in isolation. If the shaiks'or gupta's are not visiting politicians offices then foreigners are.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-17 03:26

    This Scum has to be removed from South Africa. We have enough of our own Scum, without importing more. With a corrupt incompetent regime running South Africa, it is a magnet for maggot's from around the Globe.

  • Donovan Jackson - 2011-03-17 03:45

    Top cop in Radovan's pocket? JOEY MABASA. Head of 'crime intelligence' in Gauteng.

  • derkus - 2011-03-17 04:30

    same doctor for Shaik

      U1 - 2011-03-17 05:32

      Fortunately mcbribe hasn't heard of him... ;-)

  • JanRatkas - 2011-03-17 06:43

    Given his CV, the ANC will welcome him with open arms to join their party.

  • Lettie - 2011-03-17 07:27

    There is an Afrikaans saying...skelmgyt braai uit.

      Totman - 2011-03-17 08:47

      Is it not "kaiings braai uit"? Where is the Afrikaans people?

  • D77 - 2011-03-17 07:34

    its not a scam to get money, this guy has hundreds of millions, its just done to stay in the country, medical reasons.....same as another guy medical parole

  • Drucilla Dragonfly - 2011-03-17 08:00

    I see no one is scared to post a comment on here. Radovan could trace you and take you out!

  • Drucilla Dragonfly - 2011-03-17 08:05

    I see no one is scared to post a comment on here. Radovan could trace you and take you out!

      MP - 2011-03-17 09:30

      Please Drucilla. Do you even know him? I work with him everyday, So dont be a BIG mouth....

      Drucilla Dragonfly - 2011-03-17 09:51

      MP? Does that stand for Member of Parliament?

  • Stan - 2011-03-17 08:10

    Strange how easy it is for foreign nationals to get medical insurance in SA, and then rob them blind. Again it is the minority that carry the whole system. A South African citizen will not be so lucky. After years and years of faithful contribution to your medical scheme, don’t try to put in a legal claim. Every possible excuse will be used not to pay out your claim. Obvious officials working at Liberty Life and Discovery were also involved in this scam. Why were this big amount of a claim not double checked? The minority in SA pay the taxes and insurances. Is it not enough that we are robed blind by our own citizens (politicians and buddies)? Now we are further robed by foreign criminals.

  • Fred - 2011-03-17 08:26

    Why do we allow all the scum of the earth into this country ???? Haven't we got enough of our own in the government (and their buddies) bleeding this country dry ???? What makes me sick is that there are many qualified and skilled people wanting to work in this country and they can't get work permits, but all this scum find it so easy. Maybe we should just change our constitution, or better still our government, and bring back the death penalty for all violent crime AND also for corruption as well .

  • Michael - 2011-03-17 08:49

    It does not surprise me that thieves start flocking to SA.... Criminals attract criminals..

  • To The Point - 2011-03-17 08:59

    South Africa is now proudly recognised and listed as the safest haven for criminals - corrupt over thrown political leaders – drug lords - fraudsters - common criminals and the trash of other nations. Someone at the top must be benefiting from this policy. This country will go down in history as the biggest disaster of human respectability. South Africa only prosecutes petty crimes, serious criminals have state protection and taxpayer sponsorship. The ANC and its "struggle" to give South African a respectable existence, has failed - they have only blemished the name of the country and all who live here. They have let all the black people down by exposing blacks as a nation who only thrives on crime, for this reason people bring their victims to this country knowing a murder can be found to dispose of their victim for as little as the cost of a cell phone. Shame on ANC’s interpretation of freedom as only criminals are free under their governance. The leaders of this country have shamed the constitution - shamed what ANC originally stood for and shamed the man the world regards as the biggest Icon of freedom and respectability and who believed in the honour and future of this country and its people. How will this country ever recover - how can any respectable first world country ever respect or trust this country and its people again? Viva ANC

  • Bill - 2011-03-17 09:18

    Just another international thug scumbag that has set up office in SA, because they feel right at home in the equal thug environment!

  • Umfubi - 2011-03-17 09:21

    I wonder whether the poor sucker whose cancer-positive samples were used was given a clean bill of health? I reckon he could do a bit of suing, either way.

  • di - 2011-03-17 09:24

    The safest place to be in the world is a crook in South Africa. Someone should tell Diwani that.

  • Lydiah - 2011-03-17 09:57

    Sometimes I read these comments - when in a masochistic frame of mind. Here is a genuine question: why is it that no matter what the topic there is a gang of 'vultures' waiting to turn every report into a rant against the ANC or a racist diatribe? How depressing it is to come up against such outright and unashamed racist hate! This story is about a low-life thug from Eastern Europe. He bribed corruptible South Africans. Corruption knows no colour bar - just look at the state of affairs in Italy, in France...

      AJ - 2011-03-17 13:01

      Ranting against the ANC is not racist Lydia. After all the ANC is just a political party claiming to represent all South Africans regardless of colour. Exposing perceived failures in this regard is the act of an enlightened citizen not a racist.

      ejthatsme - 2011-03-17 16:00

      I agree 101% with you Lydiah I fell exaclty the same I've seen these comments by angry hate mongers. I believe they could just use their time more constructively and I'm sure our country will be a much better place for us all including the hate mongers. There's no point in pointing fingers, we have a problem then lets do everything in our power to solve it end of stroy!!!

      ejthatsme - 2011-03-17 16:22

      I fully agree with you Lydiah, I so tired of the racist hate mongers who know nothing but to spew their hatred instead of working to find solutions. we all live here we might as well wrok hard and solve the problems and we're not gonna do that by pointing fingers, nothing has ever been solved that way use that hate energy contsructively and you'll be better off for it you haters, right now its nothing but cancerous to your own selves!!!

  • 3-D - 2011-03-17 10:04

    Who keeps letting this Euro-trash into our country. Time for the government departments to start doing their jobs properly...screening is mandatory in the rest of the 'civilized world'...oh yeah, I almost forgot...we are not part of that group yet...

      Nicol - 2011-03-17 23:05

      3-D not Euros are trash but this one takes the cake anyhow you look at him.

  • zibbalans - 2011-03-17 11:14

    This all sounds like a Scorici movie...

  • tut - 2011-03-17 13:08

    ANC hand Shaik with another fraudulant Czech?

  • CoziB - 2011-03-17 15:35

    Can not believe this man is still walking around free.

  • Nicol - 2011-03-17 23:03

    Why is this Czech trash still around???I bet you all I've got he'll end up like Lolly.Equally arrogant, stupid and flashy!He knows how to p**s off someone with less brains than him.How is he paying for all the luxuries?Clearly he and wify are laundering money but for which mafia?

  • Nicholas - 2011-03-18 01:01

    I can fully understand Dr Tupy's plight, but cannot condone his actions. As a group of elite specialists, the doctor's diagnosis and prognosis is seldom in question and it is most likely that current and potentially new patients may not have the confidence in him that was previously afforded to him. With the chronic shortage of medical personal in SA, a competent doctor is a rare commodity, and one of Dr Tupy's expertise is in even more short supply. The pressure that patients exert on doctors and other health care professionals is more extreme than the average person may realise, unfortunately this often results in such professionals placing themselves in compromising positions. It is by no means an "easy" living where a lawyer's phone number could precede a family member's on speed dial! It is a pity that Dr Tupy did not consult with Discovery's forensic department at the outset of this saga, they make CSI appear totally inadequate. Rather than fining or potentially seeking a jail term for the doctor, I would think that a sentence of community service would be more appropriate. And I thought Czechoslovakia was only good for Absynth and porn ;)

      Šárka - 2011-03-21 00:36

      Nicholas Get your facts straigh please. Its not Czechslovakia since the break up of both countries in 1992. I am czech (and proud of it), who lived in SA most my life and cannot believe how many people cannot get this right!

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-03-18 09:42

    he is sleeping with the Fish's

  • sean.ross.za - 2011-03-18 10:01

    Once a criminal always a criminal. They must send him out of the country to where he ran from so he can be dealt with accordingly and take him out of society and behind bars where he belongs.

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-03-18 12:30

    he is sleeping with the Fish's

  • Meanleader - 2011-03-23 10:30

    Wonder how krecir got copy of avidavit ? Surely not police corruption !!!!

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