More Krejcir associates could be arrested

2013-11-26 12:56
Radovan Krejcir (Denzil Maregele, Beeld)

Radovan Krejcir (Denzil Maregele, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - More persons linked to Radovan Krejcir could be arrested, the national police said on Tuesday following the arrest of two Hawks members with ties to the Czech fugitive. 

Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said that two officers were arrested but national police spokesperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale could only confirm one of them. 

Makgale said the member was arrested on Johannesburg's East Rand just after 08:00.

"The 41-year-old officer was involved in the kidnapping and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm that Krejcir has been arrested for," Makgale said.

He said investigations were ongoing and there might be more arrests.
Krejcir was on Monday hospitalised after the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg granted an urgent application from his lawyers seeking his removal from jail.

Claims Krejcir was assaulted

Before the high court ruling, Krejcir appeared briefly in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court with another man, Desai Lupondo. Proceedings were held in camera for security reasons.

Krejcir was arrested on Friday on an initial charge of assault to cause grievous bodily harm.

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Saturday that given the severity of the assault, the charge would be changed to attempted murder. The charges relate to an alleged assault in June.

Krejcir's lawyers submitted an urgent application to have him moved from prison to hospital amid claims that he was assaulted and "tasered" following his arrest.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate said earlier it was investigating Krejcir's assault claims.

Krejcir associates killed

The Czech fugitive arrived in South Africa in 2007 and was detained for a month after allegedly using a forged passport.

Krejcir's associates Uwe Gemballa and Teazers owner Lolly Jackson, with whom Krejcir was allegedly involved in a money-laundering operation, were both killed in 2010.

In March 2011, Krejcir's security consultant Cyril Beeka was killed in a drive-by shooting. A hit list allegedly found in Krejcir's home contained names including Beeka and security consultant Paul O'Sullivan.

In October this year, Bassam Issa, reportedly an associate of Krejcir's, was shot dead. In November a Serbian man, Veselin Langanin, who was arrested with Krejcir for armed robbery, was also shot dead.

In October 2012 the armed robbery charges against Krejcir were withdrawn.

In his home country in December last year, Krejcir was sentenced in absentia to 11 years in jail for money-laundering.

Also last year, Krejcir was to have been tried for fraud related to a R4.5m insurance claim, allegedly made using medical papers stating he had bladder cancer. The charges were withdrawn.

This year Krejcir survived a number of alleged attempts on his life. In July his car was shot at and his former employee Brendan Harrison was arrested for plotting to kill him.

On 12 November, two people were killed in a bomb blast at Krejcir's pawn broking business in Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

Krejcir's extradition hearing was set to resume on 6 December.
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