Senior Hawks kept Krejcir in the loop

2013-11-24 11:26

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»  Correction: City Press reported that Gauteng Hawks Boss Major General Shadrack Sibiya instructed East Rand Hawks head Colonel Frans Steyn to keep Krejcir informed of the investigation against him.

In fact, Steyn is the investigating officer of the bizarre attempted murder case following an incident in which Krejcir was shot at, outside his business, by guns hidden in a car which then exploded. Sibiya instructed Steyn to keep Krejcir informed of developments in this investigation, and not those into his alleged criminal conduct.

City Press apologises for the error which was introduced during the editing process.

As Radovan Krejcir spends his third day behind bars, it has emerged that senior Hawks officers kept him informed of progress in their investigations against him.

This follows revelations by a Joburg businessman that the Czech fugitive held a pistol to his head after he hijacked his gold and diamond company.

The businessman, who remains in hiding and fears for his life, said his “hell” started when he handed his evidence to a Hawks commander.

That was Colonel Frans Steyn, the man exposed this week for taking a R400?000 “loan” in 2010 from a company Krejcir controlled.

City Press understands that Krejcir and Steyn meet regularly because Gauteng Hawks boss Major General Shadrack Sibiya told Steyn to keep Krejcir informed “at all times” about the progress of the investigation against him.

The businessman is one of many complainants who have filed charges against Krejcir, which the Hawks supposedly investigated but which came to nothing.

But that changed on Friday after a new national police task team, led by detectives head Lieutenant General Vinesh Moonoo, arrested Krejcir before he could flee to Argentina.

Krejcir, who is being held at an undisclosed location, will appear in the Alberton Magistrates’ Court tomorrow on charges of kidnapping and attempted murder.

At a short briefing yesterday, national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega would not reveal details.

But City Press understands the complainant is an Alberton car dealer who owed Krejcir R100?00, and was allegedly kidnapped and assaulted by his henchmen.

The arrest follows a recent high-level meeting at Pretoria police headquarters where Moonoo demanded that after several years of Hawks inaction, a case or cases be identified on which Krejcir could be nailed.

Krejcir was arrested two days after his wife, Katerina, son Denis and a small child left for Argentina.

Krejcir apparently planned to join them.

Phiyega refused to comment on this, but said police would oppose bail.

City Press is in possession of documents and statements detailing Krejcir’s complicity in serious crime.

Although they also have the documents, the Hawks have failed to act on evidence implicating Krejcir in crimes ranging from fraud and smuggling, to intimidation and money laundering.

One case involves the businessman who now has “absolutely no trust” in the Hawks. He claims Krejcir hijacked his company, forged documents and held a pistol to his head.

A detective working on his case was Germiston organised crime head Steyn, who the Mail & Guardian reported on Friday took the R400?000 loan.

The terrified businessman claims that shots were fired at him after he gave statements, documents and photographs to Steyn that implicated Krejcir in fraud, intimidation and illegally pointing a firearm.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko denied that his unit had failed to act against Krejcir.

He would not comment on allegations that Sibiya instructed Steyn to keep Krejcir in the loop.

Steyn denied meeting the businessman and said he had no knowledge of his case. But the man insists he saw Steyn “two or three times” in 2011 and gave him a statement.

The businessman claims Krejcir hijacked his diamond and gold beneficiation company and forged documents to claim he owned it. (see story on left)

City Press could find no evidence that the Hawks took any action against Krejcir.

City Press also has a statement from a Bedfordview businessmen who says Krejcir was recently appointed as an “enforcer” to settle a 35?million dispute with another businessman.

Krejcir then sent henchmen to kill both of them.

The businessman called Pretoria security specialist Mike Bolhuis, who said this week he had to “negotiate” with Krejcir to leave his clients alone.

Bolhuis confirmed intimidation cases were laid against Krejcir, which were forwarded to the Hawks’ Colonel Manie Maritz. But nothing happened despite “substantial” evidence.

Ramaloko said this case was still being investigated.

Through his lawyer, Eddie Classen, Krejcir said he “appreciates” City Press’ keen interest in his affairs, but declined to comment. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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