Krejcir, co-accused lose shackles

2012-02-17 12:02

Pretoria - Robbery accused Radovan Krejcir and his two co-accused had their shackles removed following an order by the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Krejcir, a fugitive from the Czech justice system, together with Jason Domingues and Serbian national Veselin Langalin, were appearing on charges of armed robbery.

The court adjourned shortly after resuming with the case, allowing the police to remove leg irons from the trio.

On Thursday, defence attorney Mike Hellens made a lengthy submission to the court, reading from sworn statements on behalf of the three, motivating the bail application.

Krejcir's affidavit stated that he had assumed citizenship of the Seychelles and had forfeited his original Czech nationality.

It is alleged that Krejcir, who was arrested upon his arrival at the OR Tambo International Airport in 2007 with a false Seychelles passport, wields influence in South Africa's underworld.

The three men were allegedly involved in an armed robbery in Pretoria in October last year.

They allegedly entered a Pretoria West shop and held the owner at gunpoint before making off with R200 000.

There was a subsequent shoot-out in which Domingues was reportedly injured.

The bail hearing continues.

  • Bibi - 2012-02-17 12:11

    Why is it so easy for criminals to enter and stay in South Africa and with a false identity in this person's case. It is a widely publicised fact that the protection racket is run by several Mafia (East African etc) bosses and a couple of thousand Congolese and Nigerians and the government has done nothing about it.

      Roy - 2012-02-17 12:41

      Because they paid some crooked ANC Home Affairs official. Can guarantee you that they will never be deported because they have to many connections in Government.

      Johan - 2012-02-17 13:09

      ask selebi ... and mandy weiner who refers to it in her book "who killed kebble" ...

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-17 12:31

    They call him a 'business man' - maybe that's what it in this country now - unless you get caught - all the thieves in government are respected businessmen!

  • Larry - 2012-02-17 12:32

    Pity about that. The old Ball and Chain suits these crooks

  • Munchk1n - 2012-02-17 12:40

    It is alleged that they committed these crimes, so lets not jump to conclusions until the case, and let the justice system take it's course.

      desertratbkf - 2012-02-17 13:02

      This guy is an absolute criminal! This is just one of many scaly issues around this man. He is wanted in Czech Republic. SA has to be his home. He's got nowhere else to go. Interpol will grab him the minute he goes anywhere else!

      Bibi - 2012-02-17 13:08

      @Munchk1n: he entered SA on a false passport, known links to the mafia and is currently under investigation in another case regarding fraud. Now do we need this kind of person in SA?

      Johan - 2012-02-17 13:24

      please follow the stories correctly ... idiot ...

  • Hallo - 2012-02-17 12:41

    Dirty Czechs. Same class as most eastern European countries.

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-17 15:33

      @ Halo that's a bit uneccesary dont you think?

  • Marion - 2012-02-17 13:28

    Next report will be about how they escaped from custody and used their falsified documents to skip the border...

  • Edwina - 2012-02-17 14:27

    Oh yes - very good - just what we need - more ruthless criminals on the streets!

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