Tight security as Krejcir returns to court

2015-07-28 12:17
Radovan Krejcir (Jenni Evans, News24)

Radovan Krejcir (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Johannesburg - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, made yet another outing from Zonderwater Prison on Tuesday as he and four others return to the Germiston Magistrate's Court to continue their bail application for the murder of businessman Sam Issa.

Krejcir faces nine charges along with Bulgarian Lybohir Grigorov, Mfaniseni Memela, Nkanyiso Mafunda and Siboniso Miya, after Issa was killed in a hail of bullets at an intersection in upmarket Bedfordview at around 06:00 on October 12, 2013.

The start of the Krejcir case was heralded by a marked increase in security on Tuesday morning.

A full bag search and security sweep by heavily armed policemen in bulletproof vests and extra bullet cartridges strapped to their thighs was held.

They were brought from the cells by two policemen and stood in a row in the dock. The other four wore casual jeans and loose jackets, while Krejcir opted for a black jacket, a crisp white shirt, and jeans.

A markedly thinner Krejcir took the stand during his previous application on July 8 and denied any part in Issa's murder and said he would never skip the country.

‘I can’t take anymore’

At his last application, Krejcir said: ''I can't take any more.''

But he was put on the spot over previously fleeing from the Czech Republic and again from Seychelles.

In both instances, he said his life was in danger.

In the Czech Republic his father had been killed, allegedly by the government of the day, and in the Seychelles he got wind of a threat against his life and left on a passport with an altered picture in the name of Egbert Savy, which he said was arranged by an ex-president.

In South Africa he applied for asylum, which was refused. He is appealing this, and possible extradition to the Czech Republic, and the details regarding this are secret, he said.

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

The bail application was postponed last time because prosecutor Lawrence Gcaba had to attend to a funeral.

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