Krejcir gets 11 years for fraud

Cape Town - Convicted Czech criminal Radovan Krejcir has been sentenced to 11 years in jail in his home country for money-laundering, it was reported on Sunday.

The Weekend Argus reported that Krejcir, who wants refugee status in South Africa, was convicted in absentia on Friday of money-laundering involving R227m.

The sentence was cumulative and involved three convictions in the Czech Republic since 2006.

South African authorities have failed to eject Krecjir from the county or to prosecute him following his arrest here for fraud and armed robbery.

Krecjir entered the country on a false passport in 2007 and is appealing the decision to deny him refugee status.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Medupe Simasiku told the newspaper he believed the latest sentence could be used as a tool in the appeal hearing.

However, he said local charges against the Czech had been withdrawn because of a lack of evidence.

Krecjir had reportedly said he would appeal the sentencing in his home country.

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