Amanda Watson
News Editor
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18 Aug 2014
12:39 pm

Krejcir detective caught in lie

Amanda Watson

The lead detective in the Radovan Krejcir trial may have perjured himself on the stand in the High Court on Monday.

FILE PICTURE: Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir looks on in the Palm Ridge Magistrates court in Johannesburg 09 June 2014. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Sitting in Palm Ridge Court, south of Johannesburg, Captain Mashudu ‘Freddy’ Ramuhala has denied since last week there was anyone else other than himself and seven members of the Tactical Response Ream present at the arrest of Krecir and his co-accused Desai Luphondo.

Krejcir, Luphondo, former East Rand Organised Crime Unit warrant officers Samuel “Saddam” Maropeng, George Nthoroane and Jan Mofokeng, and Siboniso Miya are on trial for kidnapping, attempted murder and dealing in drugs.

The State has introduced a confession it obtained from Luphondo on November 23. Luphondo alleged he was assaulted before giving his statement, which placed the admissibility of the confession in jeopardy.

His defense Annelene Van den Heever queried Ramuhala multiple times if any other unit of the police had been involved in the investigation.

At best she could only elicit from Ramuhala that Crime Intelligence had helped with informers, despite it being part of the National Investigative Task Team constituted by National Commissioner General Riah Phiyega.

The apparent perjury came in when Van den Heever produced a statement by Ramuhala that Crime Intelligence was present at the scene.

Seemingly caught in a trap, Ramuhala stuck to his version in the stand that no other units were present.

The trial continues.