Krejcir to be moved to hospital

2013-11-25 13:06

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Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir will be moved from prison to a medical facility, the High Court in Johannesburg has ruled.

“I find the said expert (Krejcir’s doctor) is credible. He has provided more than enough evidence,” said Judge Ramarumo Monama today.

Krejcir’s lawyers wanted him moved from prison to hospital amid claims he was assaulted and tasered following his arrest on Friday.

Monama heard testimony from Krejcir’s doctor, a state doctor and a police official in an urgent application last night.

Krejcir’s doctor, who the court said cannot be named for security reasons, recommended Krejcir be hospitalised.

He said Krejcir could face renal failure if he did not get medical attention. The doctor said the injuries suffered by Krejcir were consistent with those of someone who had been assaulted.

The State also called its own doctor who said he had observed injuries on Krejcir’s wrists, which could have been caused by the handcuffs.

Monama told the court it was not up to him to rule on how Krejcir sustained the injuries, but he had to determine whether he was to be moved to a medical facility.

The State had argued Krejcir could receive medical attention in jail.

Meanwhile, Krejcir and Desai Lupondo appeared briefly in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court today, but proceedings were held in camera.

National Prosecuting Authority spokeswoman Phindi Louw told reporters outside the court that the matter was held in camera for security reasons in terms of section 153 of the Criminal Procedure Act.

Louw said this was for security reasons “but I cannot divulge further”.

She would not comment on whether a specific threat had been received.

Louw said the men made a brief court appearance and the matter was postponed to next Monday for further investigation.

Louw could not say what charges Krejcir and Lupondo faced, as these “were not formally presented in court”.

It was reported earlier they were expected to face charges of kidnapping and assault, or alternatively attempted murder.

The charges were believed to stem from an incident that happened in June.

Earlier, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate said it was investigating Krejcir’s assault claims.

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