Krejcir bail application postponed

2015-07-29 19:03
Radovan Krejcir appears in court where he and four others face charges relating to the murder of Sam Issa. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Radovan Krejcir appears in court where he and four others face charges relating to the murder of Sam Issa. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Johannesburg - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and four others accused of murdering businessman Sam Issa were sent back to prison on Wednesday to wait out a postponement in their bail application.

This was after prosecutor Lawrence Gcaba said he needed time to prepare replies to four more affidavits handed to court, in which Krejcir's co-accused deny any part in the robbery and the gunning down of Issa.

Issa died in a hail of bullets at an intersection in Bedfordview on October 12 2013.

Krejcir faces nine charges along with Bulgarian Lybohir Grigorov, Mfaniseni Memela, Nkanyiso Mafunda and Siboniso Miya.

Most of Wednesday's hearing focused on Krejcir's allegation that crime intelligence officers where threatening him, and one wanted him to withdraw his bail application.

He started off saying that Captain Candice Coetzee, who drives him from Zonderwater Prison to court and back daily, had, after his testimony against her on Tuesday, tried for the first time to handcuff him from the back.

He complained about this, saying she knew he had a problem with his shoulders.

She eventually relented, but he saw this as proof of her revenge against him. Gcaba said that Coetzee had actually been going against procedure and giving Krejcir special treatment by usually cuffing him from the front.

Krejcir accused Coetzee of being the "right-hand man" of Colonel Nkosinathi "Killer" Ximba who, he claimed, tortured him after his arrest and who has allegedly threatened to kill him.

Krejcir has denied any part in Issa's murder, saying he believes there is a conspiracy against him. He has implicated National Prosecuting Authority prosecutor Gerrie Nel, Ximba, private investigator Paul O'Sullivan, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and now Coetzee in the conspiracy.

Opposing bail

The State is opposing bail because of a collection of fake passports Krejcir has. He also faces charges in the Czech Republic but has stated these were instituted only after he left.

Krejcir believes some people in the Czech Republic are still after him for funding a political party during an election, and that he became enemy number one after the election.

He used this to explain how he came into contact with former crime intelligence boss Joey Mabasa.

He said he had told his lawyer at the time, Ian Small-Smith, that some people from the Czech Republic had contacted him and wanted to talk to him about his father.

Small-Smith introduced Krejcir to Mabasa at Krejcir's Kloof home and said, if he needed help, he should contact Mabasa. Krejcir said he put his associate George Louka in touch with Mabasa over a blackmail issue.

Krejcir came to South Africa via Poland, Ukraine, Turkey, Dubai and the Seychelles.

He left the Seychelles, again because there might have been a threat to his life, and has applied for asylum in South Africa.

One of the affidavits the State needs to deal with is a statement by Louka, claiming that Czech secret police and O'Sullivan, whom he claimed worked for the British Secret Service, tried to convince him to implicate Krejcir in the murder of Lolly Jackson on May 3 2010.

Louka said he had refused because Krejcir had nothing to do with it, contrary to a statement he made just before he died this year that he saw Krejcir shoot Jackson in a fight over money.

He said Cyril Beeka was present at that fight. Beeka was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Krejcir believes the police and the National Prosecuting Authority are out to get him.

"You guys are framing me," he said.

He claimed that after the murder of Beeka, Captain Coetzee went "underground" and when she re-emerged, Ximba was her boss and she became his "right-hand man".

The bail application was postponed to August 6.

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