My life is in SA, won't flee - Krejcir

2012-02-16 22:06
Pretoria - Businessman Radovan Krejcir told the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday he would not flee from the country if released on bail.

The former Czech Republic national and two of his alleged accomplices appeared on charges of armed robbery.

Krejcir was arrested at his home in Bedfordview, east of Johannesburg, on Sunday afternoon.

His alleged accomplices, Jason Domingues and Veselin Langalin, were arrested in Bryanston and at a restaurant in Sandton.

Krejcir denied any involvement in the robbery in an affidavit read out by advocate Mike Hellens in support of his bail application.

He said there was video footage captured from the alleged crime scene which would help vindicate him and his co-accused.

As part of the bail application, Krejcir submitted that he was not a violent man and did not pose risk to anyone. He said he would welcome and observe any set of stringent conditions.

The father of two said he would better be placed under house arrest and was willing to submit his family's travel documents as assurance to the authorities.

"I've nowhere else to go in the world. I have every incentive to remain in South Africa and will not leave the country [if released on bail]. I want to spend the rest of my life in this country," said Krejcir in his sworn statement.

The lengthy affidavit outlined details of Krejcir's life, from the time he was born in the Czech Republic in November 1968.

He narrates how he had become "politically active" in 2002 and had sponsored a party's election campaign in return for a promissory note.

The note stipulated that he would gain control of a state company, when the election bid succeeded.

He says the political candidate retreated on the promise and Krejcir was later arrested on "trumped-up" fraud charges in July 2002.

He says the Czech authorities then made several attempts to kill him.

The troubles spilled over to his father, whom he believes was killed by being dissolved in acid.

Political asylum

The plot moved to Seychelles where Krejcir, his wife and child settled and assumed new identities.

He said they were issued with new passports by the country's authorities, under their new identities.

He said when the retribution followed to his new-found home, he fled the country and arrived in South Africa "to seek political asylum and medical attention".

He dwells on how he was arrested upon his arrival at OR Tambo International Airport in April 2007 by members of the SA Police Service, attached to Interpol.

South African authorities' efforts to extradite him to his native Czech Republic failed.

Krejcir's application for refugee status in South Africa was turned down but he has since appealed the decision.

He said he was confident that he would be acquitted in the unrelated charge of defrauding an insurance company, which would be heard in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

Magistrate Adriaan Bekker ended the court session for the day while Hellens was presenting the affidavit. The matter was set down for Friday.

Krejcir's affidavit stated that he had assumed citizenship of the Seychelles and had forfeited his original Czech nationality.

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