NPA welcomes Krejcir verdict

2015-08-24 14:00
Radovan Krejcir (Netwerk24)

Radovan Krejcir (Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - The National Prosecuting Authority on Monday welcomed Judge Colin Lamont's judgment which found Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and his co-accused guilty of attempted murder.

"It has been a long journey and it has stretched the State's resources, but we are glad we are close to the end," spokesperson Phindi Louw said.

"We welcome the decision."

This was the first conviction against Krejcir, who is on trial in four separate matters in South Africans courts.

Krejcir, Desai Luphondo, Warrant Officers Samuel Modise Maropeng and George Jeff Nthoroane, Jan Lefu Mofokeng and Siboniso Miya were on trial on charges of dealing in drugs, attempted murder, and kidnapping.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The case involves the disappearance of 25kg of tik and the attempted murder of Bheki Lukhele, the brother of a man known only as Doctor, who worked at a cargo company at OR Tambo International Airport.

According to previous testimony, Doctor disappeared with the tik that he was supposed to get to Australia.

Lamont found Krejcir, Luphondo, Maropeng, Mofokeng and  Miya guilty of the attempted murder of Lukhele.

George Jeff Nthoroane was found guilty of common assault. On kidnapping charges, Lamont found all six accused guilty.

Luphondo was also found guilty of dealing in drugs, while Krejcir and Miya were found guilty of intent to deal in drugs.

All six men intended to appeal Lamont's ruling.

The matter was postponed to September 11 for sentencing and formal bail applications.

During his judgment, Lamont criticised the SA Police Service for nearly jeopardising the State's case by behaving "improperly" in the manner in which they conducted investigations while trying to arrest Krejcir.

The trial, however, was conducted fairly, he said. 

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