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Krejcir, co-accused bail application postponed

Getrude Makhafola

A bail application by Czech businessperson Radovan Krejcir and his three co-accused has been postponed until Wednesday.

Czech businessperson Radovan Krejcir. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)

A bail application by Czech businessperson Radovan Krejcir and his three co-accused was postponed by the Palm Ridge Regional Court on Monday.

Magistrate Reginald Dama postponed the matter to Wednesday.

Krejcir, Desai Luphondo and two members of the Hawks, Warrant Officers Samuel Modise Maropeng and George Jeff Nthoroane, applied for bail. The state opposed bail and said Krejcir was a flight risk and that he and his co-accused posed a danger to witnesses because they knew where they and their relatives stayed.

In an affidavit presented as part of his bail application, Krejcir alleged the police assaulted and tortured him before his arrest. He had laid charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, kidnapping and attempted murder against the police, the court heard.

Maropeng and Nthoroane denied the charges against them and, through their lawyer Francois Roets, said a statement by Krejcir implicating them was a lie.

Kidnapping and assault
Prosecutor Louis Mashiane submitted that the four were involved in the kidnapping and assault of a man whose brother was charged with making sure that a 25kg shipment of crystal meth, also known as tik, went through OR Tambo International Airport, to Australia. The man's brother, who was known as Doctor, and who was employed at OR Tambo International Airport, disappeared after handing airport clearance receipts to Luphondo. The consignment did not reach Australia. 

Luphondo was Krejcir's drug pusher, Mashiane contended, and said he, Maropeng and Nthoroane were instructed by Krejcir to look for Doctor, and if they did not find him, to kidnap any of his relatives. Krejcir demanded that Doctor be found or that he be paid R24-million for the tik. The brother, who is the complainant in the case, was kidnapped and assaulted at the premises of Krejcir's company Money Point, in Bedfordview, on the East Rand, for more than four days. Afterwards, he was left in Thokoza on the East Rand, after having been severely assaulted, Mashiane said.

Krejcir's wife Katerina Krejcirova testified that her family did not possess false passports as Mashiane stated. She arrived in the country in 2007 on a Seychelles passport. – Sapa

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