Krejcir trial resumes today

By admin
04 August 2014

Radovan Krejcir and five other accused have denied guilt in their trial which continues today.

The trial of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and five others is expected to continue in the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, on Monday.

Krejcir, Desai Luphondo, Warrant Officers Samuel "Saddam" Maropeng and George Nthoroane, Jan Lefu Mofokeng, and Siboniso Miya face charges of kidnapping, attempted murder, and dealing in drugs.

All the accused have denied guilt.

They allegedly recruited a man known only as Doctor to help smuggle 25kg of tik (methamphetamine) to Australia. Doctor, who worked for a cargo company at OR Tambo International Airport, disappeared with the shipment. The six then allegedly kidnapped and tortured Doctor's brother, Bheki Lukhele, in a bid to have him reveal his sibling's whereabouts.

Last week Thursday, the court heard from Luphondo's legal representative, Annelene van den Heever, that he was claiming he had been coerced by police into making a statement.

Some of the police officers allegedly involved were in the courtroom at the time, providing security.

Judge Colin Lamont subsequently postponed court proceedings in order to allow the state to consult with the policemen who were now identified as possible witnesses.

The defence had also requested that the officers named be removed from the courtroom when Luphondo's statement would be discussed in court this week. Lamont thus ordered that the necessary changes in security arrangements be sorted out during the postponement.

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