Krejcir accuses judge of conspiracy

2016-02-22 14:49

Johannesburg - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir on Monday accused Johannesburg High Court Judge Colin Lamont of being part of a conspiracy against him.

"I believe you are part of this conspiracy against me and my family," Krejcir, who was representing himself, told him.

Krejcir criticised what he claimed was Lamont's bias in the matter since it was brought to court in May 2014.

"You, my lord, are biased. It's my perception that you are biased. I instructed my previous lawyers, I did ask them to launch an application for your recusal, but they didn't launch that application for unknown reasons."

He said that during his last court appearance, Lamont ignored him when he raised his hand during proceedings to make a point. At the time, Lamont told Krejcir that if he needed to raise an issue he could do it through his lawyer, Nardus Grove. 

"You ignored me my lord. I am being prejudiced and that's why I'm asking for your recusal. You are biased, dishonest, unfair, unobjective, and proven to be untruthful."

Lamont asked Krejcir what facts he had to prove these claims.

Krejcir listed a number of reasons, including that Lamont thought Krejcir was plotting to have him killed, that his legal representatives were not getting the same treatment as the other lawyers in the matter, that he had put words into the mouths of State witness, and was known to be having secret meetings about his security.

Krejcir said the number of armed police officers made the court seem like a circus.

"When we started in 2014, in May, this court room looked like a court room. Now this court room looks like a circus. It started with three, then five," Krejcir said, referring to the number of armed police officers.

Krejcir told Lamont he had a hand in his transfer to the Kokstad maximum security prison.

"I believe that previous times you interfered with my prison conditions. You said I can't have the same rights as an awaiting [trial] prisoner.

Krejcir told Lamont that he knew where he lived, which was in the same suburb he stayed, Bedfordview. Lamont asked him how he knew this. Krejcir said he had read it in an article, but could not say in which newspaper.

He said the media had written lies about him. According to a recent article, he had hired a hitman to kill Lamont. Krejcir said this was untrue.

Lamont told Krejcir that he understood his unhappiness.

"This is not a loaf of bread case for R10. You are facing serious charges. Anyone convicted would be unhappy."

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