Krejcir: Arrest an act of retribution
Pretoria - Robbery accused Radovan Krejcir told the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday his arrest was an act of retribution.
In a submission read out by his lawyer, Mike Hellens, he linked his arrest to legal action he had instituted against Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
It was "retribution for causing discomfort on the police minister", Krejcir contended.
Krejcir, a high-profile fugitive from the Czech justice system, appeared together with co-accused Jason Domingues and Veselin Langalin.
Involvement of O'Sullivan questioned
The trio face charges of armed robbery relating to a crime allegedly committed at a Pretoria West electronics shop in October last year.
The former Czech has filed a lawsuit of unlawful entry on a private property against the police minister, after police raided and searched his house.
Krejcir questioned the involvement of private investigator Paul O'Sullivan in the raid on his house. He described O'Sullivan as an ordinary citizen doing police duties.
The court adjourned after hearing bail applications from Langalin and Domingues.
The two believe they are caught up in the middle of an ongoing conspiracy to punish Krejcir.
Through their sworn statements, read out by Hellens, both men asked why police waited for more than three months to arrest them for the crime.
Leg irons removed
Langalin's statement narrates how the Serbian-born property owner moved to South Africa in 1989, and later acquired citizenship.
The three pledged to abide by conditions if they were granted bail and promised not to flee the country.
Earlier, the court adjourned shortly for the police to remove leg irons from the trio in terms of an order by Magistrate Adriaan Bekker.
On Thursday, Krejcir told the court that he had assumed citizenship of the Seychelles and had forfeited his original Czech nationality.
It is alleged that Krejcir, who was arrested upon his arrival at the OR Tambo International Airport in 2007 with a false Seychelles passport, wields influence in South Africa's underworld.
The trio is accused of allegedly robbing the Pretoria West shop and holding the owner at gunpoint before making off with R200 000.
There was a subsequent shoot-out in which Domingues was reportedly injured.
The bail hearing continues.