Krejcir 'an embarrassment'

2013-11-24 10:20
Radovan Krejcir (Denzil Maregele, Beeld)

Radovan Krejcir (Denzil Maregele, Beeld)

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Pretoria - The arrest of Czech crime boss Radovan Krejcir came after National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega ordered her top brass to arrest him as he had become an “embarrassment” to the force, reported the Sunday Times.

It is believed that following the death of drug dealer Sam Issa last month, Phiyega summoned all police units involved in the investigation to a meeting. After the meeting Phiyega ordered additional units to join the probe into Krejcir as she felt some officers could have been compromised.

Phiyega warned on Saturday that some officers might be in the firing line for having had dealings with Krejcir. Krejcir meanwhile was arrested on Friday as he was preparing to flee to Argentina.

His arrest followed lengthy multi-team investigations, Phiyega said. Krejcir and an associate are expected to appear in the Alberton Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Major breakthrough

Krejcir's arrest was a major breakthrough for the SA Police Service, Phiyega said on Saturday.

"There are many investigations that are taking place, even on the charges that the suspects have been arrested for, we hope to arrest more suspects as the investigations unfold," she told reporters in Pretoria.

"It took us a long time to work on this matter... I thank the SAPS multidisciplinary teams."

The name of Krejcir's associate, who was arrested with him on Friday, would only be disclosed in court.

The police chief repeatedly stated that the State would oppose bail, should Krejcir apply for it.

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