Krejcir transferred to maximum security amid escape fears

2016-01-05 09:15
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Durban - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir is currently on lockdown at C-Max in Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal following numerous attempts to escape.

According to The Star, Krejcir received a police escort from Zonderwater prison where he was being held, to the KZN prison, just before Christmas.

The escort included an overhead helicopter. Krejcir is the first prisoner to be sent to C-Max, the country’s most secure prison, before being sentenced.

The Kokstad prison is known for housing criminals notorious for attempting to escape, including Ananias Mathe, who escaped Pretoria C-Max by smearing himself with petroleum jelly.

The high-security facility is also known as Ebongweni Closed Maximum Security Prison. Inmates are kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours each day, standard for all C-Max prisons.

November attempt

In November, Krejcir's mother allegedly deposited R600 000 into the account of a woman to help fund his bid to escape from prison, News24 reported.

Various reports indicated the 37-year-old woman that the account belonged to was arrested after she allegedly made several cash withdrawals from different bank branches.

The woman has reportedly appeared in court since then.

Cellphone smuggling

In October, a 45-year-old woman was granted R3 000 bail after appearing in the Cullinan Magistrate's Court, after she was accused of trying to smuggle a cellphone to Krejcir at the Zonderwater Prison, News24 reported.

According to the charge sheet, Amanda Papoutsis had no previous convictions, and the State did not oppose her bail.

Papoutsis was allegedly nabbed after the cellphone - which was hidden in the soles of shoes she had brought for Krejcir - rang.

The call was alleged to have been from Krejcir's son, Denis, in Poland.

On August 24, Krejcir was convicted of attempted murder, kidnapping and dealing in drugs. The matter related to the kidnapping and torture of Bheki Lukhele, whose brother, Doctor, had allegedly disappeared with 25kg of tik.

He has attempted multiple prison escape attempts since his arrest.

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