Krejcir, co-accused lose shackles

2012-02-17 12:02
Pretoria - Robbery accused Radovan Krejcir and his two co-accused had their shackles removed following an order by the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Krejcir, a fugitive from the Czech justice system, together with Jason Domingues and Serbian national Veselin Langalin, were appearing on charges of armed robbery.

The court adjourned shortly after resuming with the case, allowing the police to remove leg irons from the trio.

On Thursday, defence attorney Mike Hellens made a lengthy submission to the court, reading from sworn statements on behalf of the three, motivating the bail application.

Krejcir's affidavit stated 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 three men were allegedly involved in an armed robbery in Pretoria in October last year.

They allegedly entered a Pretoria West shop and held 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.
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