Krejcir escape plan foiled

FILE PICTURE: Czech businessman and fugitive Radovan Krejcir is accompanied by police on arriving at the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge on Wednesday, 21 May 2014. Krejcir, Desai Luphondo, warrant officers Samuel Modise Maropeng and George Nthoroane, Jan Lefu Mofokeng, and Siboniso Miya are on trial for allegedly kidnapping, assaulting, and attempting to murder Bheki Lukhele. They allegedly did so for him to reveal the whereabouts of his brother, Doctor. Doctor, who worked for a cargo company at OR Tambo International Airport, allegedly disappeared with 25kg of tik which he had been tasked to transport to Australia, allegedly for Krejcir. Krejcir and his co-accused have denied all the charges. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

FILE PICTURE: Czech businessman and fugitive Radovan Krejcir is accompanied by police on arriving at the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge on Wednesday, 21 May 2014. Krejcir, Desai Luphondo, warrant officers Samuel Modise Maropeng and George Nthoroane, Jan Lefu Mofokeng, and Siboniso Miya are on trial for allegedly kidnapping, assaulting, and attempting to murder Bheki Lukhele. They allegedly did so for him to reveal the whereabouts of his brother, Doctor. Doctor, who worked for a cargo company at OR Tambo International Airport, allegedly disappeared with 25kg of tik which he had been tasked to transport to Australia, allegedly for Krejcir. Krejcir and his co-accused have denied all the charges. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

“Metlae is alleged to have guarded Krejcir for months and is believed to have been conspiring to help the Czech Republic citizen escape.”

A Correctional Services officer and an alleged gangster appeared on Monday in the Kempton Park Magistrates court on charges of attempting to help Radovan Krejcir to escape, seven counts of corruption and a charge of defeating the ends of justice.

It is understood a charge of conspiring to kill Judge Colin Lamont may also be added to the charge sheet, although the National Prosecuting Authority would not confirm this at court.

Prosecutor Lawrence Gcaba asked for, and received, a postponement to April for further investigation.

Accused 1 Solly Metlae – the Correctional Services member – and accused 2 Sandile Mdumbe both appeared amid tight security and wearing ankle chains.

Metlae is alleged to have guarded Krejcir for months and is believed to have been conspiring to help the Czech Republic citizen escape.

Krejcir’s application for leave to appeal against his sentence and conviction for attempted murder and attempted dealing in drugs is due to be heard this month.

 

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