Krejcir's son never fled SA - lawyer

2016-06-02 16:10
Radovan Krejcir in court. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Radovan Krejcir in court. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Johannesburg - Convicted drug dealer Radovan Krejcir's son, Denis, did not flee South Africa, but was prohibited from re-entering the country, the High Court in Johannesburg heard on Thursday.

Krejcir's lawyer, Cliff Alexander, told the court that, while the State had alleged that Denis fled the country with his life partner, mother, and brother on December 15, 2014, from OR Tambo International Airport, this was not the case.

"He did not flee as is alleged. He left with his passport legitimately," he said.

Krejcir, a fugitive from the Czech Republic, and his co-accused - Siboniso Miya, Nkanyiso Mafunda‚ Siphiwe Memela and Luybomir Borislavov Grigorov - are on trial on a charge of murdering Lebanese national Sam Issa at an intersection in Bedfordview early on the morning of October 12, 2013.

Alexander told the court that Denis and the rest of the family were refused re-entry and that he and the State would "love" to call him as a witness, but they could not.

According to Alexander, they only went on holiday to the Czech Republic before they were told they could not come back to South Africa again. An immigration lawyer tried to fight the decision in the High Court in Pretoria, but Denis was still not allowed to return.

Krejcir and his co-accused appeared calm and spoke with one another regularly, even smiling occasionally. At one stage some of them played Sudoku in a book.

The State alleged that Issa was killed because he and Krejcir had argued about a R500 000 loan Issa had made to Krejcir so he could apply for bail in another case.

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

The State's investigators believed Krejcir was behind the hit, despite the fact that they could not place him at the scene.

The matter was postponed to June 9 at 09:30, for the parties to sort out access to Krejcir’s diary, which was confiscated during a previous trial. 

The State had the diary and felt that, because Krejcir wrote it, he did not need access to it. Alexander argued that he needed copies of it to thoroughly prepare Krejcir’s defence. 

"The accused can't remember what he wrote in 2013, 2014 or 2015," Alexander said.

Some of Krejcir's co-accused and former lawyers had made notes in the diary as well, he said.

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