O’Sullivan played ‘minor role’ in raid

2011-04-13 10:54

Investigator Paul O’Sullivan played a minor role in the investigation into Czech fraud accused Radovan Krejcir, according to papers filed at the Joburg High Court.

In an affidavit, O’Sullivan accused Krejcir and his lawyers of painting a picture of him as the commander of the Hawks and of the investigation into Krejcir.

O’Sullivan said this was not true and that he had played a “very minor” role in the case.

He was at the raid at Krejcir’s Bedforview home last month to show police the house and identify suspects, he said in the statement.

Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela said today that there was nothing untoward about O’Sullivan’s role in the investigation and that he had helped the police with an alleged hit list found during the raid.

O’Sullivan has come under the spotlight in recent weeks for his role in the controversial case and his alleged threats against Krejcir’s attorneys and senior police officials Brigadier Sally de Beer and Colonel Vish Naidoo.

He filed the papers yesterday to try and a stop a temporary protection order against him being made permanent.

The interim order, which was granted to Krejcir’s lawyer Piet Du Plessis, barred O’Sullivan from threatening, harassing or intimidating him, his family and colleagues.

It was sought following an e-mail, allegedly sent by O’Sullivan to Du Plessis, giving him a 24-hour warning and threatening his life.

In his affidavit, O’Sullivan said the e-mail was taken out of context and that he had not threatened physical harm to anyone.

Last week, the Saturday Star reported that O’Sullivan had sent threatening messages to De Beer and Naidoo and that they were filing legal papers.

This could not be officially confirmed.

Krejcir was granted bail in the Joburg Magistrates Court on Friday over an alleged multimillion-rand fraud scam.

The alleged hit list found at Krejcir’s home had four names on it, those of State prosecutor Riegal du Toit, businessman Cyril Beeka, doctor Marian Tupy and O’Sullivan.

Du Toit was involved in the murder investigation of Krejcir’s associate, Uwe Gemballa.

The German supercar conversion specialist was linked to former Teazers boss Lolly Jackson, who was killed last year.
Before Jackson died, he and Krejcir allegedly held talks over a Gemballa franchise deal.

Gemballa (55) disappeared after arriving at OR Tambo International Airport in February last year. His body was found in a shallow grave in Pretoria in October.

The three men linked to his murder appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on April 5 when the case was postponed to June 8.

Garlond Holworthy (32) Thabo Mohapi (36) and Kagiso Linken (29) will remain in custody until then.

Last year, Thabiso Melvin Mpye (29) was convicted and sentenced in a plea agreement in the Joburg High Court for his involvement in the Gemballa murder. He pleaded guilty to kidnapping and killing the businessman.

Beeka was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Cape Town last month.

Tupy, a urologist, made a deal with the State to testify against Krejcir.

He pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and admitted to falsifying medical records to show that Krejcir suffered from cancer.
He received a suspended sentence in return for turning State’s witness.

It is alleged that Krejcir intended using the cancer diagnosis to avoid being extradited back to the Czech Republic where he is allegedly a wanted man.

Krejcir is out on R500 000 bail is expected to appear in court again on July 8.

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