Czech fugitive and murder accused Radovan Krejcír was allegedly involved in a raft of crimes and substantial evidence has been collected against him.
“Indeed we unearthed a lot of evidence that we will be able to place before the court which will indicate that Krejcír and many of his co-accused ... were involved in many criminal activities,” a police spokesperson, Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale, said today.
“We are very pleased with the work the investigating team is doing. We want to congratulate them because they were able to unearth a lot of evidence in a very short time.”
The Star reported today that aside from four cases Krejcír has appeared for in court, there were more than 100 others in which he was the main suspect.
These include more than 20 murders, 15 cases involving drug trafficking, 30 house and business robberies, 15 fraud and many hijacking cases.
Makgale could not confirm this today.
On Friday, Krejcír appeared in the Germiston Magistrates’ Court with three others for the murder of Sam Issa. The case was postponed to April 8.
Issa and Krejcír were business associates. Issa was shot dead in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, on October 12 2013, while sitting in his Audi Q7. A white Ford Ranger pulled up next to him and the occupants opened fire, killing him.
At the time of the murder, IOL reported that Issa was a drug trafficker.
Krejcír arrived in South Africa in 2007 and was detained for a month for allegedly using a forged passport.
Krejcír’s associates Uwe Gemballa and Teazers strip club owner Lolly Jackson, with whom he was allegedly involved in money laundering, were both killed in 2010.
In March 2011, Krejcír’s security consultant Cyril Beeka was killed in a drive-by shooting. A hit list allegedly found in Krejcír’s home contained the names of Beeka and security consultant Paul O’Sullivan.
In November 2013, a Serbian man, Veselin Langanin, who was arrested with Krejcír for armed robbery, was shot dead in his Bedfordview home.
In October 2012 the armed robbery charges against Krejcír were withdrawn.
In his home country in 2012, Krejcír was sentenced in absentia to 11 years in jail for money laundering.
That year, Krejcír was arrested for fraud related to a R4.5 million insurance claim, allegedly made using forged medical papers stating he had bladder cancer. The charges were withdrawn.
In 2013, Krejcír survived a number of alleged attempts on his life. In July that year his car was shot at seconds after he got out of it, in the parking lot of his Money Point gold and diamond exchange business in Bedfordview.
His former employee Brendan Harrison was arrested for allegedly plotting to kill him. In November that year, two people were killed in a bomb blast at the same premises.
On November 22 2013 he was arrested for kidnapping and attempted murder.