Krejcir: A man on the run

2013-11-25 18:12
Radovan Krejcir (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Radovan Krejcir (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg – Over the years Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. But just who is he? We take a closer look into Krejcir’s life since fleeing his home country.


June - A Czech Republic court issues an international arrest warrant for the billionaire businessman after he escapes from custody. Krejcir flees to the Seychelles.


January - Czech authorities make a request to the Seychelles for his extradition.

 Krecjir acquires citizenship in the Seychelles and relinquishes his Czech citizenship.


February - Krecjir leaves the Seychelles before a decision is made on his extradition

March - Krejcir is charged in Prague for allegedly organising the abduction of businessman Jakub Konecny, who was allegedly forced to sign promissory notes and tax documents. He was later convicted of blackmail and depriving a person of his liberty. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

April - Krejcir arrives in South Africa. He is arrested at OR Tambo International Airport after allegedly using a fake passport. He spends a month in jail.


The crime involving Konecny was overturned on appeal in a municipal court in Prague and referred to a lower court. The crime was reclassified to attempted blackmail, and it imposed a sentence of six-and-a-half-years’ imprisonment. Krejcir has not yet served the prison term.

Krejcir was convicted on a charge of fraud relating to shares in the Czech Republic. He was sentenced to six-and-a-half years’ imprisonment, which was later reduced on appeal.


February - Krejcir's associate Uwe Gemballa disappears

May - Teazers boss Lolly Jackson is killed. Krejcir and he were allegedly involved in a money-laundering operation.

October - Gemballa found shot dead.


22 March - Krecjir's security consultant Cyril Beeka is shot dead in a drive-by shooting.

23 March - A hit list is found in Krejcir's house. It included the names of Beeka, security consultant Paul O'Sullivan, and a state prosecutor.

20 September - Jackson's lawyer Ian Jordaan is murdered and his body found in a burnt car. Later in September, Jackson's business associate Mark Andrews is killed. Krecjir and Andrews allegedly had claims against Jackson's estate.


February - Krecjir arrested for fraud related to a R4.5m claim he made to an insurance company, allegedly using medical papers stating he had cancer so he could be paid out. His urologist Marian Tupy previously admitted to falsifying insurance documents so Krejcir could be paid out.

April - Fraud charges against Krejcir withdrawn.


July - Occupants in a car open fire on Krejcir's car. Krejcir survives.

August - Krejcir's former employee Brendan Harrison is arrested for plotting to kill him.

October - Bassam Issa is shot dead near his home in Bedfordview. According to media reports, he was allegedly Krejcir's associate.

2 November - Serbian man Veselin Langanin, who was arrested for armed robbery last year with Krejcir, is shot dead in his Bedfordview home.

12 November - There is a bomb blast at Krejcir's business in Bedfordview, and two people are killed.

22 November - Krejcir is arrested on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping. He opens a case of assault against police.

25 November - The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg rules that Krejcir should be moved to a medical facility following testimony from a doctor, who says Krejcir's injuries were consistent with assault.

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