Radovan Krejcir arrest significant

2013-11-23 19:39
Radovan Krejcir at the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court. (Jacaranda News, Twitter)

Radovan Krejcir at the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court. (Jacaranda News, Twitter)

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Pretoria - The arrest of Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir was a major breakthrough for the SA Police Service which followed lengthy multi-team investigations, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Saturday.

"There are many investigations that are taking place, even on the charges that the suspects have been arrested for, we hope to arrest more suspects as the investigations unfold," she told reporters in Pretoria.

"It took us a long time to work on this matter... I thank the SAPS multidisciplinary teams."

Phiyega said Krejcir and an associate would appear in the Alberton Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The police chief repeatedly stated that the State would oppose bail, should Krejcir apply for it.

"We will be in court on Monday and should there be an application for bail, we shall oppose it," she said.

"We will also be looking at any involvement of our own members."

The name of Krejcir's associate, who was arrested with him on Friday, would only be disclosed in court.

"I would not like to say in public about the name of the associate. On Monday, when we put our case [in court] the name of the associate will be made public."

Attempted murder and kidnapping

Krejcir had been arrested on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping.

Phiyega on Saturday said an initial charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm was reported in the East Rand.

However, given the severity of the assault, the charge would be changed to attempted murder.

"Regarding the issue around attempted murder, indeed when you talk about cause [to do] grievous bodily harm we would say there is a case for attempted murder. We probably will look into those when we deal with this matter in court," said Phiyega.

She would not mention the details of the complainant, other than saying "it's a South African male from the East Rand".

Phiyega said the assault happened in June.

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