'You are dishonest' - Krejcir tells judge

2016-02-22 10:46

Johannesburg - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir told Judge Colin Lamont in the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday that he was dishonest and biased.

Krejcir, dressed in a white T-shirt, stood up during his sentencing proceedings and announced in broken English that he would ask Lamont to recuse himself. Krejcir was representing himself.

"You, my lord, you are biased... and justice must simply be done. It is my perception that you are biased.You are biased, unfair, unobjective and dishonest and proven to be untruthful."

Lamont replied: "Ja? Mr Krejcir, what are the facts which underline those conclusions."

The Czech fugitive told the judge he "put words" in some of the witnesses' mouths.

Krejcir said Lamont was part of a conspiracy against him. He denied newspaper reports that he was part of a plot to kill the judge.

"Why will I try to kill you?" he asked Krejcir.

The Star newspaper last week reported on an alleged plot by Krejcir to kill Lamont.

According to the report, Krejcir had hired a European hitman who tried to visit Krejcir in Kokstad C-Max prison in December to hatch a plan for the assassinations, but officials prevented this.

"A top cop had rushed to the Kokstad maximum security facility the following day and demanded all the video footage showing the faces of visitors, claiming he was going to investigate the matter," The Star reported. 

In August, Krejcir was convicted 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 drug out of the country.

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