Krecjir: Two suspects nabbed for allegedly trying to kill witnesses

2015-06-25 20:35
Radovan Krejcir at the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court. (Jacaranda News, Twitter)

Radovan Krejcir at the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court. (Jacaranda News, Twitter)

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Pretoria - A task team set up to investigate cases linked to Radovan Krecjir on Thursday arrested two men for conspiracy to commit murder, police said.

"In an intelligence driven operation today the special task team set up by the National Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega, to investigate cases linked to Radovan Krecjir, arrested two men for conspiracy to commit murder.

"The men are alleged to have been part of an elaborate plot to kill several witnesses that are to testify in the Sam Essa murder," they said in a statement.

On October 12 2013, 51-year-old Sam Issa, a Lebanese national, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Bedfordview. He had stopped at a robot. A white Ford Ranger stopped next to him and the suspects started firing shots, according to the statement.

"The team arrested Radovan Krecjir, Siboniso Miya, Nkanyiso Mafunda and Simphiwe Memela [Baba Kejesu] in connection with the brutal killing of Sam Issa.

"They were already in custody in connection with attempted murder and kidnapping of a man in Katlehong, East of Johannesburg, as well as the case of conspiring to murder Colonel Nkosana Ximba and Paul O'Sullivan. These four accused are due to appear in the Germiston Regional Court on 30 June 2015  to stand trial for the murder of Sam Issa."

The statement said the investigation team, in the meantime, had established that certain individuals associated with the accused had been plotting to kill some of the key witnesses.

"On uncovering this, the team acted swiftly and over the past few days and gathered overwhelming evidence followed by a court order to arrest the conspirators that are allegedly responsible for masterminding the plot on the outside.

"This is a massive breakthrough in this particular case because if this conspiracy was not uncovered in time, not only would we have struggled to secure a successful prosecution, but more importantly, many innocent lives would have been lost," said Phiyega.

Police said these two men, plus others, including the Issa murder accused, would now face charges of conspiracy to commit murder and other possible charges depending on how the investigation progressed. 

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