Krejcir puts prison transfer bid on hold

2016-01-27 17:24
Radovan Krejcir in court. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Radovan Krejcir in court. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Johannesburg – Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir's court application to be transferred back to Gauteng from a Kokstad Maximum Security Prison has been put on hold as negotiations with the correctional services department continue, his lawyers said on Wednesday.

Cliff Alexander, one of Krejcir's lawyers, said the application was not filed "for various reasons".

But his colleague, Nardus Grové, told News24 he was told papers were served on the department, but that a decision was taken to not proceed with the application.

This was due to urgent "high level negotiations" taking place between Krejcir's legal team, as well as members of the department and the SA Police Service (SAPS).

"The urgent application has been placed on hold in light of present negotiations and undertaking that he [Krejcir] will be brought back timeously in order for us to have sufficient time to prepare, and for the criminologist to consult and compile a pre-sentence report," Grové said.

Previously, Grové confirmed Alexander had filed the papers at a high court. He said the reason they had filed the application was because conditions at the Kokstad prison were making it difficult for Krejcir to consult his lawyers, which could result in more court delays.

"He cannot prepare. We cannot consult, the consulting facilities in Kokstad are inadequate," Grové told News24 on Sunday.

Most secure prison

"[You communicate] through a thick glass panel and all communication gets recorded. It's a prison that is designed for sentenced prisoners."

Grové said they needed to prepare for three "huge" matters. He said Krejcir was not allowed access to court papers at the prison, it was far to travel and he could only consult him for an hour through the glass panel.

Grové said he was concerned that if his client was not transferred back soon, they would not have had sufficient time to prepare ahead of their allocated court dates.

Krejcir was transferred to Kokstad, considered the country's most secure prison, just before Christmas. He was the first prisoner to be sent there before being sentenced.

Kokstad Prison houses criminals with a reputation for escaping from custody - like Ananias Mathe, who slipped out of Pretoria's C-Max by smearing himself with petroleum jelly.

Last year, prison officials foiled a plot by Krejcir to break out of Zonderwater Prison.

On August 24 2015, Krejcir was convicted of attempted murder, kidnapping and dealing in drugs. The matter related to the kidnapping and torture of Bheki Lukhele, whose brother, Doctor, had allegedly disappeared with 25kg of Krejcir's tik (Crystal Methamphetamine).

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