Obama visit affected Krejcir hit

2013-11-17 09:14
Radovan Krejcir at the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court. (Jacaranda News, Twitter)

Radovan Krejcir at the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court. (Jacaranda News, Twitter)

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Pretoria - As the body count of people linked to fugitive Radovan Krejcir climbs, it emerged this week that a self-confessed hit man who claims he was hired by the Czech, had his plans scuppered by US President Barack Obama.

According to the Sunday Times, the hired gun, a Greek South African, was meant to take out a target in Prague, in the Czech Republic, in April 2009. In a sworn statement, the hit man, who signed the document in Spain, said his mission failed because Obama’s security personnel were all over the city and because the firearm and silencer he was given had not worked.

He said when Krejcir found out he had not been able to carry out the hit, he had been furious.

Krejcir is fighting extradition to the Czech Republic where he has been sentenced to several jail terms in absentia. However, suspicion is mounting over his involvement in the deaths of 10 people believed to have had ties with him, including former strip club boss Lolly Jackson, and that of two people who died in a bomb blast in Johannesburg this week.

It is alleged that the explosion was a sign of a drug turf war between Krejcir and Cape Town drug bosses – who allegedly want to destroy the Czech’s hold on drug distribution in the city.

Krejcir's life in danger

Meanwhile Krejcir believes he is under attack and his life is in danger, Eyewitness News reported on Friday.

"I lost two of my closest friends and I’m very sad about it. I believe I’m under attack, because so far there have already been two attempts to murder me," he said.

Krejcir assumed this week’s blast at his business Money Point in Bedfordview, where two people were killed, and three were injured, was aimed at killing him.

It followed another attempt on his life earlier this year when a vehicle rigged with guns and operated by remote control opened fire on him at the same premises.

"This week was even worse. We aren't talking now about a hit on one person, we’re talking about a serious terrorist attack because they used explosions and they didn't care if there were 20 people or kids there," he said.

"They were willing to blow all these people up so we’re talking a different level. We’re talking about al-Qaeda style, about terrorism."

He said it was "disgusting" to suggest that he staged either of the attacks to assist with his refugee bid.

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