State asks court to deny Krejcir bail

2011-04-07 13:03

State prosecutor Riegal Du Toit today asked the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court to deny a bail application by Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir.

Krejcir knew several of the state witnesses and where they lived, and could possibly attempt to influence or threaten them, Du Toit read to the court from an affidavit by investigating officer Dumasani Patrick Mbotho.

In his statement Mbotho claimed Krejcir flew three Serbian assassins to South Africa on March 18 and 19 to kill some of the four people named on a list found in his home in Bedfordview.

At the top of the list was alleged underworld boss Cyril Beeka, who was shot dead on March 21.

The state submitted that Krejcir was also a flight risk as he had family and funds overseas.

Krejcir is being held on fraud charges relating to a R4.5 million claim he allegedly made to an insurance company after obtaining medical papers stating that he had cancer.

His advocate denied that he was a flight risk, arguing that he had fought to stay in South Africa since 2007, that he planned to stay in the country permanently, and that he did not have travel documents.

Earlier today in an affidavit read by Krejcir’s advocate the court heard that Krejcir left the Czech Republic because his life was in danger.

Krejcir’s wife, Katerina, their son Denis and his mother Nadezda, were in court today.

Wearing a grey pinstripe suit, Krejcir repeatedly turned to smile at them in the public gallery while his affidavit was being read.

There was a heavy police presence outside the court during the hearing.

Du Toit arrived at the court with four policemen carrying R5 rifles.

They were part of the 24-hour protection assigned to him after his name was found the list found at Krejcir’s house.

The other people named on that list were security consultant Paul O’Sullivan and urologist Marian Tupy.

The case continues. 

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