‘Krejcír asked me to kill Sam Issa’

2015-04-12 15:00

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The state’s new key witness against mafia boss Radovan Krejcír was once a friend of his. In affidavits obtained by City Press, one of Krejcír’s former right-hand men, a fellow Czech, Milosh Potiska, has turned against him.

The statements, dated February 27, will now be used in Krejcír’s ongoing case in the South Gauteng High Court, where he is on trial facing a litany of charges, including kidnapping, murder and serious assault.

A new charge was added this week. Krejcír appeared in court on Monday charged with the murder of Bassam “Sam” Issa, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Bedfordview in 2013.

Potiska’s affidavits form the basis of this new murder case, said two Hawks officers involved in the investigation. Police and prosecutors have put plans in place to have Potiska extradited to South Africa, and he will also be charged in connection with Issa’s murder.

“We have his affidavits. For now, he remains a suspect. Depending on how the case goes, the state may use him as a witness,” said a senior Hawks officer.

Potiska arrived in South Africa in 2010 to work for Krejcír. He resigned and fled the country in 2012 after realising he could get killed.

“I left South Africa because I could see Krejcír was getting involved in so much criminal activity that, sooner or later, I would be dragged into it and even possibly murdered,” he wrote.

Potiska admits in his statements – deposed to private investigator, and Krejcír’s nemesis, Paul O’Sullivan, in Czech capital Prague – that he “had intimate knowledge” of Krejcír’s “criminal dealings”.

One of the charges Krejcír is facing is conspiring to kill O’Sullivan.

Krejcír’s lawyer, Piet du Plessis, yesterday denied Potiska’s claims, saying he was all “big talk”.

In an affidavit, Potiska says Issa was killed because he lent money to Krejcír – one amount of R1.2?million and another of R500?000.”

Potiska said Issa began complaining to him, saying Krejcír wouldn’t take his calls and “needed to start paying back the money”. Issa was becoming impatient and Krejcír was becoming “too annoyed by his demands”.

Potiska said Krejcír asked him to kill Issa, but he refused.

“I told Issa that Krejcír wanted to harm him, and told him to calm down about the money and be careful.

“I later left South Africa in February 2012 to get away from Krejcír, and then I heard in 2013 that Issa was murdered,” he wrote.

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