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18 Aug 2014
2:07 pm

Krejcir co-accused insists confession was ‘forced’

Evidence a confession may have been forcibly extorted from a Radovan Krejcir co-accused continued to be presented in the High Court on Monday.

FILE PICTURE: Desai Luphondo, co-accused of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir (foreground), ahead of their court case at the Johannesburg High Court sitting at Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Monday, 9 June 2014. Krejcir is on trial for kidnapping and attempted murder. His co-accused are Luphondo, Siboniso Miya and Hawks members Samuel “Saddam” Maruping, George Nthoroane and Jan Mafokeng. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

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

The State last week introduced a confession it obtained from Luphondo. His defense team has been disputing its admissibility saying he was assaulted before giving his statement.

On the face of it Luphondo may have a case with an entry in the occurrence book of the Viljoensdrif police station stating he claimed he had been assaulted.

No investigation was ever made into the matter, it was revealed in court.

Lead detective Captain Mashudu Ramuhala, currently on the witness stand, denied any knowledge of the entry or having received a call from the officer who made it.

A near nine hour gap also could not be accounted for between the time Luphondo was booked out the cells to the time he gave his confession at Johannesburg Central Police station.

Viljoensdrif is approximately one hour’s drive from Johannesburg.

Luphondo also claimed he was not allowed to make any phone calls to his lawyer or his family, which Ramuhala denied.

Luphondo and Krejcir have consistently placed Crime Intelligence Colonel Nkosana “Killer” Ximba on scene at their arrests, which Ramuhala has equally consistently denied.

This was despite being confronted with a statement he made to the effect Crime Intelligence was on scene.

Last week Captain Bongani Gininda testified how he had been called in by Ramuhala to write down Luphondo’s confession. On Monday, to the incredulity of defense advocate Annelene van den Heever Ramuhala said he had never read the confession.

Ximba and forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan are at the center of another trial wherein the State is claiming that Krejcir and other accused conspired to have them killed earlier this year.

The trial continues.