Krejcir, co-accused return to court for murder trial

2016-05-23 05:38
Radovan Krejcir (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Johannesburg - Convicted drug dealer Radovan Krejcir and his four co-accused are expected to return to the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday.

They are standing trial for the murder of Lebanese national Sam Issa.

Issa was gunned down while he waited at an intersection in Bedfordview around 06:00 on Saturday, October 12 2013.

Police found at least 30 spent cartridges at the scene.

Krejcir faces nine charges, along with co-accused Bulgarian Lybohir Grigorov, Mfaniseni Memela, Nkanyiso Mafunda and Siboniso Miya.

In a previous appearance, Krejcir told the court he only found out later that morning that Issa had been killed.

However, the State's investigators believed he was behind the hit, despite the fact that they could not place him on the scene.

Krejcir has denied any part in Issa's murder. He claimed he only knew him vaguely from clubs and restaurants, knew that he was from Lebanon, and that he had no family in South Africa.

An affidavit by a State witness was recently added as new evidence to the trial.

The affidavit, which News24 has in its possession, allegedly links Krejcir to convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti, as well as the bribery of police officials.

Heightened security inside and outside the courtroom was a result of a raft of alleged escape plots by the Czech national, who was this year convicted of drug trafficking.

Krejcir has been fitted with a “shock belt”, a device that operates like a taser, and can be activated to incapacitate him should he embark on an escape bid.

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