3 arrested for alleged Radovan Krejcir murder plot

2014-01-10 09:13

Three people accused of plotting to kill a police investigator associated with the Radovan Krejcir investigation and a civilian were arrested yesterday.

“The murder was supposed to go down today,” said Gauteng police Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale yesterday.

A man was arrested in a restaurant in Sandton at midday, and a man and a woman were arrested at hotel in Sandton just before 5pm, he said.

The men were aged 32 and 33, and the woman was 23.

The hotel parking lot was cordoned off by the police, and curious hotel guests looked on as the three were bundled into police vehicles.

Makgale said more arrests were expected.

“One of the men arrested today was being sought [in connection with] the kidnapping and attempted murder case that Krejcir is being held for,” he said.

Police seized firearms, including an R5 rifle and two 9mm pistols, police blue lights and a siren, said Makgale.

They also confiscated a BMW X6, a Nissan panel van and a Toyota Fortuner, Gauteng car registration plates, five balaclavas and six cellphones. The three vehicles were still in the hotel’s parking lot late yesterday afternoon.

“We have been receiving pieces of information since the arrest of Radovan Krejcir,” said Makgale.

“One piece of information was this plot to kill the two men today [Thursday].”

It is believed that the intended targets were forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan and crime intelligence officer Colonel Nkosana “Killer” Ximba.

O’Sullivan told Eyewitness News that he was tipped off about the attempt on his life yesterday morning.

The three were arrested by a police task team investigating the Czech fugitive.

They were expected to appear soon in the Sandton Magistrates’ Court on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, theft and possession of a stolen vehicle.

“This is a major breakthrough for the [police] and it will definitely further tighten our case against Radovan Krejcir,” said Makgale.

Earlier yesterday, Krejcir’s application to overturn a ruling denying him bail was rejected by the South Gauteng High Court.

Krejcir’s lawyer Francois Roets said his team would seek leave today to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

In June, Krejcir and his three co-accused allegedly kidnapped and assaulted a man whose brother, known only as Doctor, disappeared with a 25kg shipment of tik he had been recruited to help smuggle through OR Tambo International Airport.

They allegedly kept the man at Krejcir’s Money Point business in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, for four days, and assaulted him.

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