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Controversial businessman and fugitive from the Czech justice system Radovan Krejcir is scheduled to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on charges of fraud.
A trial date would be set for the 43-year-old, who is out on R500 000 bail.
The fraud charge against him relates to a R4.5-million claim he made to an insurance company after allegedly obtained medical papers stating he had cancer.
His urologist Marian Tupy, previously admitted falsifying insurance documents so that Krejcir could be paid out for bladder cancer.
Tupy was sentenced to seven years in prison, suspended for five years, as part of a plea agreement in exchange for his testimony against Krejcir.
Krejcir has been sentenced in absentia in the Czech Republic to six and a half years for tax fraud and has also been charged with other crimes, apparently conspiracy to murder, counterfeiting, extortion and abduction.
He was arrested on an Interpol red notice when he entered South Africa from Madagascar in 2007 using a passport in the name of Egbert Jules Savy.
In 2008, his lawyers successfully fought against his extradition to the Czech Republic.
Police raided his Bedfordview home in March to arrest him for fraud.
Krejcir was not home at the time but police found an alleged hit list with the names of Tupy, State prosecutor Riegal Du Toit, security consultant Paul O’Sullivan and underworld boss Cyril Beeka, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in April.
Krecjir later handed himself over to police.
Last year, police “exchanged information” with him during their investigation into the murder of Teazers strip club owner Lolly Jackson, who also lived in Bedfordview.—Sapa. .