South Africa 26.8.2014 04:29 pm

Detective slows Krejcir trial

FILE PICTURE: Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir is seen at the High Court in Johannesburg. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

FILE PICTURE: Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir is seen at the High Court in Johannesburg. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

The testimony of the lead detective in the kidnapping, attempted murder and dealing in drugs trial of Czech Republic fugitive Radovan Krejcir and five others was held over in court on Tuesday.

Captain Freddy Ramuhala was expected to be cross examined on various aspects of the case against Krejcir, Sandton businessman Desai Luphondo, former East Rand Organised Crime Unit warrant officers Samuel “Saddam” Maropeng, George Nthoroane and Jan Mofokeng, and Siboniso Miya for the alleged kidnapping and attempted murder of Bhekithemba Lukhele in June last year.

The cross examination was halted when Ramuhala’s advocate Portia Nkutha said he needed to apply to join the application of Crime Intelligence investigator Colonel Nkosana “Killer” Ximba, forensic consultant Paul O’ Sullivan and others to test the Constitutional validity of subpoenas issued for their cellphone records.

Instead Warrant Officer Ditlhokwa John Moeletsi of Viljoensdrif police station took the stand, and testified about the sequence of events which took place the night Luphondo was detained by Ramuhala at Viljoensdrif.

He stated he only checked Luphondo’s face for visible injures before making an entry in the stations Occurrence Book to the effect he did not see any.

Moeletsi also testified Luphondo was visited every hour and at no stage did he claim he was assaulted.

Lukhele has claimed he was kidnapped when his brother Bhekisizwe Nkosi apparently stole 25kg of tik worth R24 million and disappeared with it.

He alleged Krejcir poured boiling water over his head in an effort to find out his brothers whereabouts.

Nkosi has testified he sold the drugs.

When the State introduced Luphondo’s confession last week, he claimed the statement was beaten out of him, which affected the admissibility of the confession and brought about a trial within a trial to test the veracity of his claim.

The trial continues in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge, south of Johannesburg.

 

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