Krejcir to face the music

2013-11-24 21:52
Radovan Krejcir. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Radovan Krejcir. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - All eyes will be on the Alberton Magistrate's Court when Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and an associate, who is yet to be named, will appear on charges of kidnapping and assault. It is not known where Krejcir is being held.

Krejcir was arrested on Friday, according to IOL, as he was preparing to flee to Argentina.

The website said he apparently had planned to escape from Lanseria Airport to Windhoek, Namibia. From there he was to fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday afternoon.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Saturday that the State would oppose bail.

"We will be in court on Monday and should there be an application for bail, we shall oppose it," she told reporters in Pretoria.

"We will also be looking at any involvement of our own members."

Police said the name of Krejcir's associate, who was arrested with him on Friday, would only be disclosed in court.

Phiyega on Saturday said Krejcir was arrested on charges of kidnapping and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Pressed for further particulars, the police boss said she did not want to prejudice the State's case.

She also would not mention the details of the complainant, other than saying "it's a South African male".

Phiyega said the assault happened in June.


Krejcir's lawyers on Sunday claimed the businessman had been tortured by police.

The lawyers' office said Krejcir "was handcuffed, forced into an unmarked vehicle without number plates and driven towards the direction of Kathlehong, on the East Rand".

"At least five vehicles were in the motorcade, which pulled over in an isolated area where our client was forced out of the vehicle by an officer electrocuting him with a tazer gun.

"After being forced to his knees and asked several unanswerable questions, our client was tortured by having a plastic bag placed over his head and being suffocated until he lost consciousness."

Krejcir also allegedly suffered cuts to his wrists and forearms and burns from a chemical substance during the 90-minute ordeal.

About 20 members of the South African police were "present during said torture".

"Our client's house was ransacked by the officers and numerous items unlawfully confiscated," the lawyers added.

A case of assault and attempted murder has been opened against the police officers concerned.

Attempts on his life

Krejcir recently issued a statement noting that there had been two attempts on his life.

"The first... involved a motorcar that had been rigged with crude guns and operated by remote control. The other was a recent bomb blast which I assume was aimed at killing me. Unfortunately, two friends of mine died and another friend of mine was severely injured," he said in the statement.

"I want to categorically state that I have had no involvement in any of the killings that the media have been so freely speculating about," he added.

South African media have reported that Krejcir is suspected of links to organised crime and that at least 10 people associated with him have been killed.

Needs to be admitted to hospital

A doctor meanwhile has told eNCA that Krejcir needs to be hospitalised immediately.

An urgent application has since apparently been submitted to the South Gauteng High Court to have him transferred from prison to a private hospital.

The doctor, who was hired by Krejcir’s defence team, told the TV news service that blood test results could prove Krejcir's claims that he was repeatedly tortured and subjected to electric shocks by the police.

The doctor is believed to have conducted blood tests and a physical examination.

He told eNCA Krejcir’s body showed signs of significant muscle damage and that he was in danger of suffering renal failure and a potential heart attack.

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