No light at the end of Krejcir’s tunnel

FILE PICTURE: Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir.  Picture: Refilwe Modise

FILE PICTURE: Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Kidnapping and attempted murder accused Radovan Krejcir’s case was postponed to February 24 yesterday.

He was joined in the Palm Ridge Regional Court in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, yesterday by Sandton businessman Desai Lupondo, and suspended East Rand Organised Crime Unit policemen Samuel Modise Maropeng and George Jeff Nthoroane, and newly arrested Siboniso Miya.

Miya was arrested last week with four other people for conspiracy to commit murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

He is alleged to be part of a plot to kill people involved in investigating Krejcir.

One of the four, Nandi Nkosi, is also a police officer in Crime Intelligence and is the third cop to be arrested in the roundup of Krejcir’s alleged associates since his November 22 arrest.

However, the application to postpone the case to March by State Advocate Louis Mashiane turned into a bunfight when the defence attorneys objected strenuously on the grounds that it was more than the three weeks originally agreed to, it was prejudicial to their clients and not in the interests of justice.

There was further protest when Mashiane tried to have Miya moved to Krugersdorp Police Station from Johannesburg Central Prison, where he was collected yesterday. Miya’s attorney said his client had been assaulted and starved at the police station and that, as Miya was not going to assist the investigation team in any way, there was no need to have access to him.

Mashiane alleged that police officers – “I cannot say if they were bogus or not, Your Worship” – had tried to book Miya out of Johannesburg Central Prison earlier yesterday, that these people did not have the authority to do so, and that it would be safer for Miya in police custody.

Miya’s attorney retorted that he trusted Correctional Services more than the police.

Eventually, Magistrate Reginald Dama had to step in to settle the squabbles which were breaking out and ordered that Miya stay in Johanesburg Prison and set the court date for the next appearance.

Police are still trying to obtain the medical report for the man allegedly harmed in this case by Krejcir and his cohorts. They are accused of abducting an East Rand man who was allegedly the brother of an OR Tambo airport customs official who soured a deal between Lupondo and Krejcir.

Ballistic results from the firearms recovered at the time of Miya’s arrest are also eagerly awaited by investigators.

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