Krejcir 'pre-trial issues' to be discussed

2011-12-06 08:49

Johannesburg - Magistrate Philip Venter, State prosecutor Riegal du Toit and Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir's defence attorney Eddie Classen will meet in court on Tuesday to "finalise all pre-trial issues".

The fraud trial of Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir has been set down for April next year in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

During Krejcir's previous appearance on October 11, Venter said he was satisfied that all parties were ready to proceed.

A trial was set down for April 16 to April 20. Krejcir, 43, is out on R500 000 bail.

He left the court in a hurry in October and told reporters that he thought his trial would have started earlier.

Insurance claim

The fraud charge against him relates to a R4.5m claim he made to an insurance company, allegedly using medical papers stating he had cancer.

His urologist Marian Tupy previously admitted to falsifying insurance documents so Krejcir could be paid out for bladder cancer.

Krejcir fought extradition to his home country in 2008, where he was sentenced in absentia to six-and-a-half years for tax fraud. He was also charged with conspiracy to murder, counterfeiting, extortion and abduction.

Police raided his Bedfordview home in March to arrest him for alleged fraud. Krejcir was not home at the time, but handed himself over to the police later.

At his home, police found an alleged hit list naming Tupy, Du Toit, security consultant Paul O'Sullivan and underworld boss Cyril Beeka, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in April.

Last year, police "exchanged information" with Krejcir during their investigation into the murder of Teazers strip club owner Lolly Jackson, who also lived in Bedfordview.

Both Krejcir and Jackson's business partner Mark Andrews had claims against Jackson's estate, which was being handled by lawyer Ian Jordaan.

A charred body, believed to be that of Jordaan, was found on top of his bakkie on the West Rand in September.

The body was found next to the R59 in Brackendowns, Alberton.

  • Larry - 2011-12-06 09:09

    Its high time that this crook was dealt with here and then kicked straight from our Jails to the Czech jail that is waiting for him. We are a haven for crooks, which is a disgrace.

  • Roy - 2011-12-06 09:40

    Why is this crook still free and why is he allowed to stay in the country. We have more than enough crooks running the country, known as the ANC. Get the money that he stole,back and then deport him back to his own country.

  • Bob - 2011-12-06 10:16

    For what reasons are the court officials meeting with the defence lawyer. This is a criminal case period and should proceed without such meetings. The sooner this thug is brought to justice and locked away the better, why so many delays in a clear cut case! Or better still send him back home to stand trial there and save the SA taxpayers money!

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