South Africa 28.11.2013 06:10 am

‘More dirty cops will fall with Krejcir’

FILE PICTURE: Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir. Photo: Johann Hattingh/Citizen

FILE PICTURE: Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir. Photo: Johann Hattingh/Citizen

More police officials are going to take a fall with Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, independent forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan has predicted.

“Watch this space, there are a lot of cops that are going to fall with Krejcir, a lot,” O’Sullivan said in an interview with The Citizen yesterday. He was reacting to the news that two Hawks officials were arrested this week for their alleged links to Krejcir.

“That’s just two, there’s more to follow. And I have got a message for them: Get out of the police now, so when you get arrested it’s not ‘another’ policeman who is being arrested.”

O’Sullivan, who has been investigating Krejcir for years, said it was undesirable to keep him in the country. “It sends out a signal that you can come here and do what you want and get away with it.”

Police spokesman Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said the possibility of more arrests could not be ruled out.

Krejcir was arrested on Friday with a second accused, Desai Lupondo. They were charged with attempted murder, assault and kidnapping.

On Sunday night, Krejcir’s lawyers filed an urgent application in the South Gauteng High Court to have him removed from custody and taken to a medical facility. His lawyers told the court that Krejcir had been “tazered” and assaulted in police custody.

The application was granted on Monday after Krejcir’s doctor testified that he could face renal failure if he did not get medical

attention. He was subsequently taken to an undisclosed medical facility and remains under heavy police guard.

Krejcir also appeared briefly in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on the same day, where his bail application was postponed.

Krejcir, Lupondo and the two Hawks officials will appear for their bail application in the same court on Monday, said Makgale.

O’Sullivan charged that Krejcir had a number of “dirty cops” on his payroll. He was of the opinion that they should be charged with treason.

“But they won’t, they will just be done for corruption and probably racketeering.” He added that in his view a life sentence would be an adequate ruling for those found guilty.

O’Sullivan said he had this year alone caused criminal charges to be opened against at least 20 senior police officials.

He questioned how Krejcir could arrive in South Africa on a fake passport and spend six-and-a-half-years “running rings around the criminal justice system”.

O’Sullivan once again predicted that there would be more deaths if Krejcir stayed in the country.

At least 12 people associated with Krejcir have been murdered since his arrival in SA in 2007.

 

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