Bomb threat at Krejcir court - As it happened

2016-02-22 15:30

Get the latest as Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and his five co-accused appear in the High Court in Johannesburg for sentencing after being convicted of attempted murder, kidnapping and dealing in drugs.

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Last Updated at 19:11
22 Feb 15:39

News24 will be pausing the Live Update, until more news comes out of the High Court in Johannesburg.

Search operations are still ongoing after a bomb threat was called into the building.


22 Feb 15:32
Second sniffer dog arrives at the Johannesburg High Court on Tuesday following a bomb threat (Mpho Raborife, News24)

22 Feb 15:25
A second sniffer dog has just entered the building, Raborife says.

22 Feb 15:09

News24's Mpho Raborife says Annelene van den Heever, the lawyer for accused number 2 Desai Lupondo, appears to have left the courthouse, suggesting proceedings may be postponed until tomorrow.


22 Feb 15:03

22 Feb 14:56
More pictures of the sniffer dog entering the court. Picture by Mpho Raborife, News24.

22 Feb 14:48

22 Feb 14:48

People in the halls outside the courtroom where Krejcir was undergoing sentencing proceedings immediately after the bomb threat was called in.


22 Feb 14:47
People waiting outside the High Court in Johannesburg.

22 Feb 14:43
A police officer has just entered the courthouse with a German Shepherd sniffer dog.

22 Feb 14:41


22 Feb 14:40
News24's Mpho Raborife says there is one police car at the entrance of the courthouse.

22 Feb 14:39
Krejcir has had previous attempts at escaping Kgosi Mampuru II thwarted in the past.

He was transferred to Kokstad Maximum Security prison in early January as a result of his repeated attempts to escape.

22 Feb 14:38
Reporters on Twitter from eNCA and EWN say that people do not seem overly panicked about the bomb threat.

There is no credible evidence that suggests it is linked to Krejcir, eNCA's Karyn Maughan tweeted.

22 Feb 14:32
Raborife says there is no sign of police in their vicinity, but the assembled crowd did hear sirens on exiting the building.

Lawyers, journalists and cleaning staff are among those waiting outside the High Court in Johannesburg.

22 Feb 14:30
"We're all standing outside the courthouse," says News24's Mpho Raborife.

"People are slowly trickling out."

22 Feb 14:26
The news of the bomb threat came soon after Krejcir made another appeal to have his chains removed.

22 Feb 14:21
There's a bomb threat in the building, says News24's reporter on scene Mpho Raborife. Krejcir and co have been taken downstairs and everyone in the public gallery have been asked to leave the court.

22 Feb 13:18
The court has adjourned.

22 Feb 13:12
Does society want to be burdened with children of convicted (parents), Spangenberg asks. It will destroy family lives. If you have any hope for them my Lord, I urge you not to destroy them, he pleads.

22 Feb 13:11

The thing that concerns me [with] this kind of thing, there is a sentiment that they are ill-paid for the work they are doing. And there is temptation, says Spanengberg.

Lamont asks if he should take that into consideration. Spangenberg says Lamont must not destroy lives that can be salvaged. Says the accused are open to be rehabilitated.


22 Feb 13:04
Spangenberg [the accused's advocate. The accuseds beside Krejcir] says 3,5,6 can be considered/qualify for house arrest not more than 5yrs.

22 Feb 13:02
Lamont wants to understand the ins and outs of the drug trade.

22 Feb 12:57
Lamont says he's trying to consider the drugs' effects on society including the destination they were headed to, Australia.

22 Feb 12:54

For accused 5, Miya, Spangenberg says he was acting on instructions and wasn't involved in the drug dealing before the Lukhele matter. The court hears that all  accused except Miya are/were Warrant Officers.

Lamont now wants to know about their contribution to society.

Lamont repeats a question he asked Krejcir earlier about how many people 25kgs of drugs affects.


22 Feb 12:51
Last submission, that Lamont take into consideration that they were in custody for 6 weeks after they were and that they have been in jail for 6 months since conviction.

22 Feb 12:48
Spanengberg says the injuries were not life threatening and that the victim even delayed treating his wounds for some time. He wasn't hospitalized and it seems he has recovered completely.

22 Feb 12:47

Warrant Officers Samuel Modise Maropeng, Jan Lefu Mofokeng, Siboniso Miya and George Jeff Nthoroane.

There is no evidence that accused 3, 4 and 6 were present at the safe house, Spangenberg says. My submission is that there was no evidence that they were directly involved in Lukhele's kidnapping. Basically that they did not restrain him themselves. The act of pouring boiling water on Lukhele was a spur of the moment thing, he says.


22 Feb 12:42
Spangenberg is asked to start with his pre-sentencing heads of argument.

22 Feb 12:39
Krejcir now asked to stand. Says he's been in chains for more than 5 hours and his hands are going numb. "If security says you have to wear them, you have to  wear them," Lamont says.

22 Feb 12:39
Krejcir now asked to stand. Says he's been in chains for more than 5 hours and his hands are going numb. "If security says you have to wear them, you have to  wear them," Lamont says.

22 Feb 12:33
Krejcir has his hand up. He stands up. Lamont asks him to sit down.

22 Feb 12:32
Van den Heever, who represents Lupondo, and Johan Spangenberg, who represents the other 4, are now addressing the courts about the pre-sentencing reports that they were waiting for. There are 9 of them.

22 Feb 12:29

Krejcir is asking Lamont if he can make a court order to get three people to attend court tomorrow as he has limited access to the phone when he returns to prison. The head of Kokstad Maximum Prison, Zonderwater Prison as well as his lawyer Cliff Alexander.

Lamont says he will not assist him in ensuring that his lawyer comes to court. Says he must try his best to get his own witnesses to court, but dismisses Krejcir's appeal to have the heads of prisons present in court.


22 Feb 12:24
He is cupping the chain in his hands from palm to palm as he stands in the dock addressing the court. Krejcir cannot continue further with the nurse and she is asked to step down. Krejcir says he wants to subpoena the Head of Kokstad Maximum Prison to prove that he really wasn't allowed any access to his lawyer.

22 Feb 12:21

Lamont: you were convicted of trying to deal in 25 kilograms of drugs. How many people would be affected? Krejcir: I'm not a drug addict.

So Krejcir doesn't really answer the judge's question then...


22 Feb 12:19
Put to her what your [health] problem is?" Lamont tells him. What do you say is wrong with you that needs treatment? Lamont asks again.

22 Feb 12:17

Is it correct that in my medical file that there is a report on my medical condition? - Krejcir

Lamont stops him in his tracks before he can ask her why she refused the first subpoena sent to her. The judge says it isn't relevant. He tells Krejcir to ask the nurse the facts that he wants Lamont to know.


22 Feb 12:12
Krejcir now lists the pills he takes daily. 6 x 2 tablets a day he tells the court.

22 Feb 12:09
Nurse says it is  the same as the one he was being given at Kgosi Mampuru II.

22 Feb 12:08

She now says she wouldn't be able to give a specific number [as to how many times other nurses asked for assistance during Krejcir's attacks].

Krejcir now asks where her subpoena is. Which was sent by his lawyer Grove at the time. He wants to see what it says.

Lamont now asks what condition Krejcir was being treated for?


22 Feb 12:06

I was never called to attend to you for any attack. I was only on standby for that - the nurse

Krejcir now asks if she knows how many times he asked other nurses for assistance during his attacks. Asks her if it was more than 10 or not?


22 Feb 12:02

Krejcir asks her if she has his medical file with her. She says it's at the hospital. Krejcir says he won't be able to do much without the file but continues asking some questions.

He asks her how many times he came to complain to her about his panic attacks.


22 Feb 12:01
Krejcir is now cross-examining the nurse.

22 Feb 11:58

Do you remember when I came to Zonderwater? It was February 2015 - Krejcir

She says she doesn't remember the exact date but she does remember him. Says she saw him for the first time the day after he was transferred to the prison - the nurse


22 Feb 11:52
She says she doesn't want her face being recorded.

22 Feb 11:52
The nurse is now sitting on the witness  stand. Told she is being filmed. She can request that she not be filmed.

22 Feb 11:51
Lamont tells Krejcir that the nurse is here. Krejcir says "that's nice" with a smile. He says he would like to proceed.

22 Feb 11:51
On a previous occasion court heard that Krejcir had asked for a nurse at Zonderwater to be brought to court. She is here today if court wants to proceed with that matter, says the prosecutor.

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