No, no, no, Judge Lamont tells Krejcir

2016-02-23 12:58

Johannesburg - Johannesburg High Court Judge Colin Lamont on Tuesday rejected all three applications by Czech fugitive and convicted drug dealer Radovan Krejcir.

The first was to have the shackles on his hands and feet removed.

"I had these handcuffs on me for about eight hours and I can't feel my hands and my toes," he said, representing himself during sentencing proceedings.

He said he had never been in shackles while attending court proceedings, until Monday.

"I do not understand what has changed, except that there was an article in the newspaper that I want to kill Lamont."

Prosecutor Louis Mashiane said he could not comment on the matter because the decision had been taken by a security team.

Lamont dismissed the application, citing security reasons.

Krejcir's second application was for Lamont to hand down an order that he be allowed to call witnesses to testify in mitigation of his sentencing, and to be allowed access to his lawyer.

Lamont told him to "do his best" to try and get the witnesses.

On Tuesday, Krejcir told the court that Zonderwater Prison officials had said they needed a court order to allow him to use the phone to call his lawyer, Cliff Alexander.

"Without a court order, they can't do anything. Therefore my situation hasn't changed from yesterday."

Wearing a navy blue T-shirt and light blue jeans, Krejcir stood in the dock reading through pages of notes while addressing the court through an interpreter.

His third application was that a psychiatrist, psychologist and criminologist testify about his mental, physical and emotional state.

He said he had been kept in solitary confinement for 27 months since being arrested, which had taken a toll on his mental state.

On Monday, a nurse at Zonderwater Prison's hospital wing told the court that Krejcir was taking medication for depression.

"I applied countless times to not be in solitary confinement, especially as a depression patient," he said.

He asked the court to call the doctors he had consulted during his imprisonment to discuss his medical reports.

"I would like you to be acquainted with these reports, which state what I have been through," he said.

Lamont dismissed all three applications.

In August, Lamont found Krejcir guilty of attempted murder, kidnapping, and dealing in drugs. He was involved in the kidnapping and torture of Bheki Lukhele, whose brother, Doctor, allegedly disappeared with 25kg of the drug tik belonging to Krejcir. Doctor worked for a cargo company at OR Tambo International Airport and Krejcir wanted his help to smuggle the drugs out of the country.

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