Krejcir trial postponed due to new evidence

2016-05-03 16:42
Radovan Krejcir (Jenni Evans, News24)

Radovan Krejcir (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Johannesburg - Convicted drug dealer Radovan Krejcir and four others will have to wait until Wednesday for trial proceedings to start in the murder of Lebanese national Sam Issa after new evidence emerged.

They appeared briefly in the South Gauteng High Court on Tuesday, but the matter was postponed due to new evidence relating to an affidavit by a State witness.

Judge Winston Msimeki said the matter would be postponed to allow the defence lawyers to consult with their clients.

SW van der Merwe, who is representing the four co-accused, said that the statement may have been found wanting.

"It is relevant to note it [the statement] may have severe implications...," Van der Merwe told the court.

Krejcir's lawyer, Cliff Alexander, agreed that they needed time to consult with their clients.

There was a heavy security presence at the court with several armed officers keeping an eye on proceedings.

Krejcir took the stand wearing a black leather jacket, a black T-shirt and jeans which were torn at the back. His feet were chained and his hands were cuffed to a belt around his waist.

He looked calm and communicated regularly with his co-accused before proceedings got underway.

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 on 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.

The State alleged that Issa was killed because he and Krejcir argued about R500 000 in cash which Issa had lent Krejcir for a bail application in another case.

Krejcir said this was a lie. He claimed his mother had sent him bail money and that Issa owed him R500 000.

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