Krejcir robbery trial postponed

2012-05-11 12:42
Pretoria - The armed robbery case involving businessman Radovan Krejcir and two co-accused was postponed in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The matter was set down to run for three consecutive days starting on October 9.

The former Czech national appeared with co-accused Jason Domingues and Veselin Langanin. The trio face charges of robbing a Pretoria West electronics shop owned by a Pakistani national.

During Friday's brief appearance, Krejcir's lawyer told the court his client would not need an interpreter and would testify in English.

Bail conditions extended

The three were granted bail in February, and the bail conditions were extended. Krejcir is out on R30 000 bail while Domingues and Langanin are out on R10 000 bail each. In February the trio spent almost a week in custody after being arrested for the robbery.

During his bail application Krejcir claimed his arrest was "retribution" for legal action he instituted against Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa following a police raid on his home in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, in March 2011.

His lawyer questioned the police's conduct in arresting the trio almost four months after the robbery.
In a separate case, fraud charges against Krejcir were provisionally withdrawn in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court in April. The case relates to a R4.5m claim made by Krejcir to an insurance company, allegedly using medical papers stating he had bladder cancer.

His urologist Marian Tupy previously admitted to falsifying insurance documents so Krejcir could be paid out.

The State withdrew the charges, citing other High Court cases underway which overlapped with the case.

Krejcir is also embroiled in a legal battle to fend off attempts by the Czech government to extradite him, and has applied for refugee status in South Africa.

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