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Lolly shot after turning on Krejcir

2011-03-27 12:28

Johannesburg - Police consider Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir a “prime suspect” in the murder of strip club boss Lolly Jackson, who was shot dead in May last year.

City Press has established that shortly before his death, Jackson was approached to give evidence against Krejcir as part of an investigation into a multimillion-rand money-laundering scheme.

Police believe that Jackson may have been killed to silence him and that the alleged trigger man, George Louka, also known as George Smith, was part of a wider conspiracy.

Krejcir, who vanished for nearly two days just before a police raid on his house, handed himself over to police early on Friday morning to face charges of fraud.

Police are also investigating allegations that Krejcir was tipped off about the money-laundering investigation by the former head of police ­crime intelligence in Gauteng, General Joey ­Mabasa.

'Bought protection'

Last week City Press revealed that the Hawks were investigating allegations that Krejcir had “bought” protection from top crime intelligence officers.

Hawks investigators claimed that their phones were being tapped, allegedly by crime intelligence officers, and that the information was being ­passed back to Krejcir.

This week two former business associates of Jackson, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, told City Press that Jackson was being offered a section 204 indemnity in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act in exchange for his testimony against Krejcir and other alleged members of the money-laundering syndicate.

Jackson was due to be arrested on money-laundering charges just four days before his death.

The arrest never took place and Jackson was ­later shot four times, allegedly by Louka, who vanished after a late-night phone call to Mabasa in which he supposedly confessed to the crime.

Turning state witness

In an interview with City Press this week, crime- buster Paul O’Sullivan confirmed that he sent a key affidavit on the money-laundering scheme to Mabasa on February 1 last year.

O’Sullivan, acting as intermediary, had a number of meetings with Jackson in which he showed him evidence implicating him in the money-laundering scheme which is believed to have siphoned more than R10 million out of South Africa.

O’Sullivan was on the verge of convincing ­Jackson to turn state witness.

According to O’Sullivan’s affidavit, Mabasa had agreed during meetings that discussions and ­documents “would be treated as top secret and ... for his eyes only”.

“I have subsequently found out that he also ­telephoned Krejcir after that meeting and briefed him,” O’Sullivan wrote.

Sudden transfer

Mabasa was suddenly transferred from crime intelligence in Gauteng to police headquarters in Pretoria last year after Krejcir told Media24 ­Investigations in an interview that he regarded Mabasa as a man he could turn to “for help in a difficult situation”.

The Mail & Guardian also revealed last year that Mabasa’s wife, Dorcas, had been a co-director – along with Krejcir’s wife, Katerina Krejcirova – of a company called Radlochron.

Contacted on Friday, Mabasa said: “I don’t want to comment on rubbish.” He said only that he had last seen Krejcir in April last year.

One of Jackson’s former associates said on ­Friday that he believed Jackson met Louka and Krejcir on the night he was killed, to tell Krejcir he “wanted out” of the money-laundering scheme.

“From what we understand, George wasn’t the one who shot (Jackson) and George wasn’t alone that night,” one of the associates said.

“As much as Lolly was a big, strong man, I can tell you he would have rolled (and become a ­witness) in the face of losing everything he had spent his life working for. I think investigators identified him as the weak link.”

Comments
  • sinjoku1 - 2011-03-27 12:35

    Lol..... It is pretty strange how so far only criminals have been killed. Maybe let this continue.

      genie01 - 2011-03-27 12:38

      Not such a bad idea. perhaps he was behind the Kebble "shooting incident" also?! bwahaha

      ASDEB - 2011-03-27 21:34

      I wonder what Lolly did to "turn on" Krejcir, I would have thought that wa a job for one of his girls?

      Mncedisi Nyathi - 2011-03-29 15:43

      Yea sinjoku1, My simple wish is the Hawks let RK walk free, then pple jus kill each other until one is left. He gets arrested and then an accident occurres inside the prison. The streets are then clean again.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-27 13:16

    Strang how the Police come up with these discoveries months after everyone else knew, or had deep suspicions? It seems that the Police will only admit to anything after the media has exposed it. If we do indeed live in a semi Police state, then thank got that the leadership is semi illiterate, or a fair resemblance to the Keystone Cops.

      Bratt - 2011-03-28 13:53

      hey, the police are always the last to know. As for the two anonymous former business partners, they were not very anonymous last night on Carte Blanche...

  • me - 2011-03-27 14:03

    Dog eats dog... just a little bit too slow though. Hope this modus spreads into and contaminates the corrupt government circles too. If the law is toothless, let the system flush them off the surface of the world....please, don't rock the boat, it's on the right course!!!

  • exocist - 2011-03-27 14:44

    What's more amazing is the amount of effort time and money police put into the case of these parasite mobsters, while normal murder cases just gather dust and become cold cases, i wonder who's serving and protecting who

  • 50something - 2011-03-27 14:45

    When are we ever going to live in a society where every second top policeman is not sympathetic to criminals, and typically redeployed instead of facing the music themselves?

  • abandonedbluehondanw2 - 2011-03-27 18:14

    Paul O'Sullivan comes across as a poor man's Willem Heath.

  • zule - 2011-03-27 18:57

    Why is it that in EVERY SINGLE one of these crimes, there is some TOP COP involved in helping the "baddies" in one way or another??...I wish to goodness that we could get rid of these flunkies who sell themselves like a box of matches.

      Hetty - 2011-03-28 07:55

      not only COPS even doctors faking cancers to claim R4 millions from insurances

  • molefeP - 2011-03-27 19:08

    Andre the Russian, Keble, Lolly, Beeka, Louka, Krejcir...... All names and all pretty well connected. Is there maybee some power war going in in the South African underworld?

  • molefeP - 2011-03-27 20:08

    PS, oh... and this Juan Meyer character....... watch.

  • Reality - 2011-03-28 07:03

    Interesting that these hoods have the phone numbers of the top police officials. Very smelly and scary.

      Hetty - 2011-03-28 07:51

      if u suffering from cancer u need a doctor's phone numbers of emergency id bands....... i guess

      v3 - 2011-03-28 10:49

      "The friend of a crook is a crook" - B Cele

  • Hetty - 2011-03-28 07:53

    like John Robie says, if they are only just killing each other then its like an interesting crime movie!!!

  • Larry - 2011-03-28 08:47

    Damn, this is like some movie script....

      Bratt - 2011-03-28 13:53

      with 'Russians' involved, no wonder.

  • Seperetla - 2011-03-28 08:50

    This could make for a good crime syndicate movie.

  • Lorna Watson - 2011-03-28 09:23

    So much focus put on high-profile low-life criminals. Funny how decent folk who pay their taxes and obey the supposed laws of the land don't get this kind of attention when they are victims of crime. What a tragedy that we don't see the killers of Moms and babies under scrutiny like this, or rapists who defile our future generations. Keystone cops...

      Bratt - 2011-03-28 13:54

      axe daddy will sort those out.

  • innocent onwuka - 2011-03-28 13:47

    love it when nigerians re not involve,told you white european criminals own this country,wakeup sa and leave nigerians alone! lol....

  • Bill - 2011-03-28 16:04

    It was blatantly obvious from the very outset, that General Joey Mabasa was involved, because how did the hitman just happen to have his personal cell phone number on him to be able to phone him to confess, directly After killing Lolly! Our police force is more corrupt than the government ..and that is saying something.! This thug Krejcir, must be thoroughly investigated and all his chain of command whittled out and thrown in a deep dungeon forever….we don’t need more scumbag crap like this!

  • J - 2011-03-28 16:06

    There's no honor amongst criminals ... Thank God for that :)

  • shabircousin - 2011-03-28 23:50

    i need 2 be offered a role,if dy cn a make a movie

  • Sepp - 2011-03-30 21:15

    What I would like to know is how come these foreign criminals are allowed into the country in the first place. On a Business visa? SA being the prime choice because of a totally corrupt system.

  • Happygas - 2011-09-21 18:39

    General Joey ­Mabasa is also guilty of murder by tip-off

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