Krejcir's son to sue police

2011-03-29 08:44

Johannesburg – The 18-year-old son of alleged Mafia kingpin Radovan Krejcir will sue the Hawks for assault, intimidation and kidnapping following the raid last week on his parents' house in Bedfordview.

According to his lawyer, Piet du Plessis, only once the Hawks were threatened with an urgent application in the high court, was Denis Krejcir released.

His father turned himself in to police three days after the incident and on Monday briefly appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of fraud.

He allegedly convinced Dr Marian Tupy, a urologist at Flora clinic in Johannesburg, to create a false profile for him showing he had terminal cancer. It enabled him to claim a medical insurance payout of R4 579 600 from Liberty Life.

Krejcir jnr and his mother, Katerina Krejcirova, were in court on Monday.

Footage of assault

Hawks spokesperson colonel McIntosh Polela said on Monday the charge against the Hawks was just a "publicity stunt".

"I was there that night and no one assaulted him (Krejcir)."

On the same evening, the Hawks also raided the house of Krejcir's alleged righthand man, Michaelis Arsiotis and his life partner, Stacey Swanepoel.

Du Plessis said private investigator Paul O'Sullivan who was present during this raid, had kicked Arsiotis and hit Swanepoel in the face. There is apparently footage of the incident on which he can be seen.

Two charges of assault were made against O'Sullivan.

In a statement that O'Sullivan made on Monday to the media, he said he was only involved in pointing out suspects during the raid and that he did this "without touching or talking to them".

"Any version that contradicts this one is a made-up story by thugs or their lawyers," read O'Sullivan's statement.

Polela said on Monday the Hawks would never allow an ordinary citizen to take the lead during a raid.

A "visitor" at the Krejcir house, Miloslav Potiska, was also arrested that night and he and Arsiotis were apparently held for two days by police before an urgent application was handed in at the high court to release them.

Potiska was also suing the Hawks for assault and intimidation, said Du Plessis.

Du Plessis and his partners were busy preparing a civil claim on behalf of Arsiotis, Swanepoel, Potiska and Krejcir jnr. The notice of summons would reach the minister of police by Friday.