Ilse de Lange
2 minute read
5 Apr 2014
6:00 am

Krejcir will stay in isolation, under guard 24/7, court rules

Ilse de Lange

An application by Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir to stop Correctional Services from guarding him 24 hours a day and keeping him in "solitary confinement" has been dismissed with costs.

FILE PICTURE: Radovan Krejcir. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Krejcir complained he was suddenly moved to a ward in the hospital section of a Pretoria prison where he was kept in isolation, totally segregated from other prisoners and not even allowed to consult with his doctors in privacy, as two private guards watched him 24 hours a day.

He described the conditions as solitary confinement, which he said was extremely traumatic and could have severe adverse effects on his mental state, as he was a depression sufferer.

He obtained an urgent court order in November last year forcing Correctional Services to transfer him to a hospital section for urgent medical treatment for the injuries he sustained after allegedly being tortured, following his arrest.

His doctor said in an affidavit at the time, blood tests confirmed he had been shocked or tazered, had suffered significant muscle damage and was in danger of developing renal failure.

Krejcir has laid assault charges against the policemen involved, including Col Nkosana “Killer” Ximba of the National Crime Intelligence Unit.

He will go on trial in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge in May this year on charges of the attemped murder and kidnapping of an East Rand businessman after an alleged failed drug deal.

In March this year Krejcir was also charged with conspiring to murder Ximba and investigator Paul O’Sullivan.

In court papers, Krejcir accused Correctional Services officials of acting in bad faith, infringing his human rights and of using his “safety” as a smokescreen for isolating him.

Acting Area Commissioner Matsemela Makgoba said in court papers Krejcir had failed to exhaust his internal remedies and had been moved to a side medical ward to protect him from potential harm from sentenced inmates with communicable diseases and mental conditions.

Judge Neil Tuchten said he could not understand why Krejcir complained about being guarded 24 hours a day “unless he wanted to escape” or wanted to “sneak visits” with other inmates.

He said it was clear Correctional Services had complied with the November court order by moving Krejcir to a hospital section and that he had not been placed in solitary confinement, but was held separately because of his medical condition – and for his own protection.