Judgment begins in Krejcir case

2015-08-24 11:46
Radovan Krejcir in court. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Radovan Krejcir in court. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Johannesburg - Judge Colin Lamont began delivering his judgment at the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday in a case involving Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and his five co-accused, who were charged with attempted murder and kidnapping.

Lamont told the court that he accepted the evidence given by Bheki Lukhele, who testified he was kidnapped and assaulted by Krejcir and his co-accused on June 25, 2013.

"I accept Lukhele's evidence that he was kidnapped, grabbed, man-handled and slapped."

Lamont accepted Lukhele's evidence that he was taken to an unknown location where he was assaulted and had boiling hot water poured over him by Krejcir.

"I want you to look at me. Do you know me?... Are you ready to die like a soldier?" Krejcir had allegedly told Lukhele during the incident, the court heard.

Krejcir, Desai Luphondo, Warrant Officers Samuel Modise Maropeng and George Jeff Nthoroane, Jan Lefu Mofokeng and Siboniso Miya are on trial on charges of dealing in drugs, attempted murder, and kidnapping. They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Krejcir is accused of ordering the kidnap and torture of Lukhele, whose brother, known only as Doctor, had allegedly disappeared with 25kg of the drug tik. Doctor worked at a cargo company at OR Tambo International Airport.

According to previous testimony, Doctor disappeared with the tik that he was supposed to get to Australia.

Lamont also accepted the evidence given by witness Peter Msimango, a businessperson from Boksburg, who was tasked with finding Doctor.

The judgment continues.

Read more on:    radovan krejcir  |  johannesburg  |  crime

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