Enemy of the state

2011-02-15 00:00

FUGITIVE Czech millionaire Radovan Krejcir is a “gangster” who is implicated in “transnational organised crime” involving murder, bribery, fraud, money laundering and illicit gold deals, according to a sensational dossier submitted to the Refugee Appeal Board.

The documents — compiled by private investigator Paul O’Sullivan — allege that Krejcir, who is seeking asylum in South Africa, is “likely the biggest enemy to the state that there [has] ever been”.

Krejcir, who has previously scoffed at suggestions that he is “some big Mafia boss from the Eastern Bloc”, said this week that he was unable to comment on the record about the allegations.

His attorney, Chris Watters, said a confidentiality clause in the Refugees Act prevented him from doing so.

Watters described the leaking of the dossier to the media as “really unfair and very prejudicial to my client”.

O’Sullivan’s 20-page submission claims Krejcir threatened to kill him and that Krejcir’s “associates” attempted to obtain a .30-06 rifle, a sniper scope and a silencer to carry out the “hit”.

The dossier contains a number of witness statements by former business associates of Krejcir’s, his medical doctor and a banker who had confessed to laundering millions for Krejcir’s close friend, murdered Teazers strip club boss Lolly Jackson.

Among the allegations are that Krejcir:

• pressurised his doctor into providing a diagnosis falsely stating that Krejcir was dying of cancer;

• was involved in the disappearance and murder of German supercar tycoon Uwe Gemballa, who went missing after arriving in South Africa in February last year. Gemballa’s corpse was discovered near Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, in October last year. The man who confessed to the killing, Thabiso Mpye, was quietly arrested, convicted and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment, all within 24 hours, and confessed to being part of a conspiracy with others; and

• paid off senior police officials to ensure he was protected.

Krejcir, who was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport in 2007 while travelling on a Seychelles passport under the false name Egbert Julius Savy, has since amassed vast wealth in the country, including a R20-million mansion, a holiday home and a fleet of luxury cars, including two Porsches, a Lamborghini Murciélago and a Ferrari Spider.

O’Sullivan’s statement claims all Krejcir’s assets are in wife, Katerina Krejcirova’s, name. Krejcirova is listed as a director of eight companies, one of which owns their Bedfordview mansion.

Krejir is also associated with Money Point, a cash loan and gold and diamond exchange.

One of the statements in O’Sullivan’s dossier alleges that the Money Point branches are “clearly fronts for money laundering”.

The deponent, Etienne Boshoff, says he was briefly hired to work at one of the Money Point exchanges. He said he later grew “disillusioned by their blatant criminal activity” and left.

“Some of the people coming in and selling jewellery were regulars. This left me thinking that they were selling stolen jewellery, but it seems that no one at the shop cared about this.

“I do know that some of the ‘regulars’ would be police officers and traffic cops ... I have no idea where cops would get such large quantities of jewellery from ...

“It is clear that ... Krejcir and the circle of people around him are very dangerous criminals who would not worry about killing anyone that interfered with their activities,” Boshoff states.

He also claimed that in August last year, a man, identified only as Michael and described as Krejcir’s “driver” and “organiser”, “told me that ‘they’ need to get a .30-06 rifle, with a scope and silencer”.

“He told me they needed it to take out some people that were giving them trouble ... This discussion took place with him immediately after I heard [him] getting involved in a heated exchange in Greek with the others there and I kept hearing the name Paul O’Sullivan.”

Boshoff says he ignored the request.

In a separate statement, O’Sullivan says he received a telephone call in September last year in which a man with an “Eastern European accent” threatened to kill him.

Krejcir , who is being sought by Czech authorities on charges ranging from fraud to kidnapping, said last year he feared he would be murdered if extradited.

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