Krejcir back in court next week

2013-11-25 14:47
Security is tight at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court during the appearance of Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Security is tight at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court during the appearance of Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir and Desai Lupondo appeared briefly in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Monday, but proceedings were held in camera.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Louw told reporters outside the court that the matter was held in camera for security reasons in terms of section 153 of the Criminal Procedure Act.

Louw said this was for security reasons "but I cannot divulge further".

She would not comment on whether a specific threat had been received.

Further investigation

Louw said the men made a brief court appearance and the matter was postponed to next Monday for further investigation.

Louw could not say what charges Krejcir and Lupondo faced, as these "were not formally presented in court".

It was reported earlier they were expected to face charges of kidnapping and assault, or alternatively attempted murder.

The charges were believed to stem from an incident that happened in June.


Earlier, the South Gauteng High Court ruled Krejcir would be moved from prison to a medical facility.

"I find the said expert [Krejcir's doctor] is credible. He has provided more than enough evidence," said Judge Ramarumo Monama.

"I therefore find him a reliable witness."

Krejcir's lawyers wanted him moved from prison to hospital amid claims that he was assaulted and tasered following his arrest on Friday.

Krejcir's doctor, who cannot be named for security reasons, recommended that Krejcir be hospitalised.

He said Krejcir could face renal failure if he did not get medical attention. The doctor said the injuries suffered by Krejcir were consistent with those of someone who been assaulted.

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