Murder allegations against me are a lie - Krejcir

2015-07-08 20:38
Radovan Krejcir (Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - Radovan Krejcir denied any part in the murder of Lebanese businessman Sam Issa who died in a hail of bullets in Bedfordview, and rubbished all the allegations of murder, conspiracy to murder and owning the AK47 alleged to have been used.

''It's a lie'', ''No never My Lady'', ''No I didn't... Never'', were his responses when his counsel Annelene van den Heever asked him direct questions on the nine charges he faces along with Bulgarian Lybohir Grigorov, Mfaniseni Memela, Nkanyiso Mafunda and Siboniso Miya, for the murder of Issa at around 06:00 on October 12 2013.

He also vehemently denied that he would skip the country.

''I am the last person who will fly from South Africa. I have nowhere to go,'' said the well spoken 46-year-old.

He said that the night before Issa was killed, he was having a celebratory dinner with a group of friends, which included two old friends who he had not seen for 10 years who had come out from the Czech Republic for a visit.

'We had been very drunk'

Looking slightly embarrassed, he said he was drunk when he left because they had spent the night at a restaurant in the same complex as his Moneypoint business, talking, drinking and listening to music.

Miya had been present, but he was speaking the Czech language with his long lost friends and did not discuss killing Issa at all.

He did not even talk about it with his son Dennis, a University of Johannesburg student now in the Czech Republic with the rest of Krejcir's family. Dennis had been implicated in a State affidavit.

''We [had] been very drunk because these people from Czech Republic, we didn't see each other, they are heavy drinkers... we been completely, I don't know..." he said, trailing off, looking a little sheepish.

He left at about 05:00 to visit a ''lady friend'' in Linksfield and was followed by a black BMW.

He said that in the course of the evening of partying, Issa had driven past the restaurant in his black Audi, and then later went into the restaurant. He did not know when Issa left and had nothing to do with his death.

Police found 30 cartridges at the scene of Issa's death at an intersection in Bedfordview.

'I can't take any more'

He said his son Dennis collapsed on the golf course when some initial media reports suggested that it was Krejcir who had been killed. He learnt of Issa's death later.

He said he never discussed in any way a plan to kill Issa or to rob him and knew nothing about a white Ford Ranger with a blue light police believe they can link to the shooting and to the five.

He also said he did not own an AK47 believed to have been used in the Issa shooting.

''I didn't do the crime which I allegedly did and I was still charged... I believe I can't take any more'' he said.

He had assets which he would lose, a son born in South Africa, and no travel documents because the State has them now.

He had been through a fraud case and a robbery case which had been withdrawn.

He had never skipped bail before and had nowhere to go. Even when he left the Czech Republic, it was before any cases against him were running.

''I have nowhere to go. I have no passport.''

He was even wanted by Interpol, so if he managed to get to Zimbabwe he would be nabbed straight away.

''You release me now you will find me tomorrow here,'' he said passionately.

'I can't take any more'

He did not apply for bail earlier, because he had expected other cases to conclude quickly, but '''I can't take any more... I feel like I have to fight.''

He was put on the spot over why he had a second Seychelles passport in the name of Egbert Savy, saying: ''I got a new identity from Seychelles''.

But prosecutor Lawrence Gcaba wanted to know how the Seychelles government, which he claimed had persecuted him, would have organised a new identity for him.

On Tuesday, his affidavit said that there was a threat on his life while in the Seychelles.

His lawyer Annelene Van den Heever objected, saying a government has a party that rules, and that a government department is a different thing.

Krejcir then further clarified that the Savy passport, with its picture altered, was issued before he was persecuted and was organised by the ex-president of the Seychelles for him.

The details in his asylum application in South Africa are secret, so he said he could not say anymore about that.

The court has already heard that he fled the Czech Republic, fearing for his life after his father was killed.

A previous asylum application in South Africa had been refused and he is appealing this, and fighting his extradition to the Czech Republic.

In the Czech Republic he said that he was prosecuted and convicted in absentia in three cases, and two are still pending - with one on appeal. This corrected a statement on Tuesday that there were four cases.

'I am not connected'

He said he would not be able to organise an alternate identity in South Africa.

''You are connected. You are connected to the ex-president of the country [Seychelles]? Is that not so?'' asked Gcaba.

''I am not connected,'' said Krejcir to giggles from the public gallery.

Gcaba asked why he did not tell the court he left the Seychelles using a different name, an ''assumed identity'', and Krejcir explained that this was common knowledge through media reports and previous bail applications.

He said he battled to consult with his lawyers and had waited for more than a month for a dental appointment and was on pain killers.

He said that although he was defined as a flight risk, because he had two passports, they were never in his possession.

Earlier, the court had handed up the two maroon passports.

As the clock edged towards closing time, Gcaba said that he would not be able to continue in the coming days because he had a funeral to attend to.

When Van den Heever objected, saying it was unfair to her client, Gcaba replied: "Perhaps it is because I am African and she is not African [and does not understand]."

Those feeling sleepy after the long case, were jolted when a furious Van den Heever leapt up to say, ''We live in a country where we don't refer to people by race...'' and added that she too was an African.

The case was postponed to July 28 when the bail application would continue.

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