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Court to rule on Krejcir today

TRYING AND TRYING AGAIN. The Czech fugitive in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Monday. Picture: Sapa.

TRYING AND TRYING AGAIN. The Czech fugitive in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Monday. Picture: Sapa.

Convicted Czech criminal Radovan Krejcir will hear today if he has been granted bail.

He applied for bail for the third time on Monday in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg.

A previous attempt saw his legal team make a bid for his freedom in the South Gauteng High Court during an appeal against Magistrate Reginald Dama’s ruling, which was denied by Judge Leoni Windell.

Krejcir faces charges of kidnapping, assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, and attempted murder. He is joined in the dock by Sandton businessman Desai Lupondo, Siboniso Miya, and suspended East Rand Organised Crime Unit policemen Samuel Modise Maropeng, George Jeff Nthoroane and Ian Jan Mofokeng.

Miya was arrested last month with four others for conspiracy to commit murder and possession of unlicenced firearms and ammunition.

In January, Judge Windell said: “I have also compared my judgment to the grounds of appeal and it is my view that there are no reasonable prospects that a different court might come to a different conclusion. Leave to appeal is¬†denied.”

In Monday’s application, Krejcir’s lawyer said SA Revenue Service (SARS) affidavits submitted on his tax affairs were not entirely correct. Krejcir was unable to deal with the matter due to his incarceration and his family stood to lose everything if he was not released to attend to complaints by SARS and his family businesses.

He maintained he was not a flight risk, as most of his assets were in the country. There was an international warrant out for his arrest and he would face arrest if he left South Africa. Krejcir said his Seychelles and Czech passports had expired and included copies in his affidavit.

He said he could pay a substantial amount for bail, hand in all his family’s passports, agree to be placed under house arrest and report to a police station twice daily.

 

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