Krejcir: O'Sullivan thinks he’s untouchable

2013-12-02 13:14
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Outside Krejcir's courtroom

Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir will appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court for his bail application. See pictures from outside court.

Johannesburg - Security expert Paul O'Sullivan is a self-appointed "white knight" who thinks he is untouchable, the Palm Ridge Regional Court heard on Monday.

"He is an unstable vigilante and a self-appointed white knight who thinks he is above the law," Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir said in an affidavit read to the court by his lawyer.

He denied allegations in the media that he planned to skip the country before his arrest last month.

Krejcir accused O'Sullivan of being obsessed with interfering in prosecution and criminal processes in the country.

His family, who are overseas, had embarked on a planned holiday to Mauritius, he said.

Wants R50 000 bail

Krejcir said he had been charged with assault, attempted murder, and kidnapping.

He asked for bail of R50 000 and said there was no possibility of him leaving the country.

In the same affidavit, Krejcir claimed that the police assaulted and tortured him after his arrest on 22 November.

He said he was bundled into a police car and driven to a remote area after his arrest at his home in Bedfordview, on the East Rand, last month.

"I was blindfolded, cuffed and transported to a remote area... I was made to kneel, tortured through electrocution, and the cuffs on my hands were tightened, causing my hands to bruise."

He said a plastic bag was placed on his head. After 90 minutes of this, he was driven around Johannesburg and Sandton, he said. He was detained in a police cell only six hours after his arrest.

Krejcir said he had laid charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and attempted murder against the police.

He appeared with Desai Luphondo and warrant officers Samuel Modise Maropeng, 41, and George Jeff Nthoroane, 46, both of them members of the Hawks.

Relaxed, smiling in court

Krejcir wore a black T-shirt, a black jacket and jeans. He chatted to his lawyer and drank fruit juice before the proceedings began.

Maropeng and Nthongoane, looking relaxed, smiled and spoke to their relatives, who were seated behind them. Luphondo sat quietly, and occasionally spoke to Krejcir, who was sitting next to him.

Krejcir and Luphondo, appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court last Monday, when proceedings were held in camera for security reasons and were postponed for further investigation.

Nthoroane and Maropeng appeared briefly in the same court on Wednesday. They were arrested on Tuesday.

The charges against them are believed to be related to a crime in June.

The bail hearing continues.


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