D-Day for Krejcir

FILE PICTURE: Radovan Krejcir at the Palm Ridge Magistrates court. Picture: Neil McCartney

Friday is the day Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and his three co-applicants will hear if their bail application has been successful.

This followed a third day of cross-examination on the stand in the Palm Ridge Regional Court in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, for investigating officer Captain Freddy Mashudu Ramuhala.

The State is alleging that Krejcir, Desai Lupondo and suspended East Rand Organised Crime Unit officers Samuel Modise Maropeng and George Jeff Nthoroane kidnapped, assaulted with the intent to commit grievous bodily harm and attempted to murder an East Rand man earlier this year.

The crimes were allegedly committed when a person known only as “Doctor” scuppered a R24 million deal between Lupondo and Krejcir involving 25kg of Tik.

Krejcir was arrested on November 22. He was then moved to a private hospital after alleging he had been tortured.

Defence for the accused spent much of yesterday grilling the 37-year police veteran Ramahula about contradictions and alleged suppositions in his founding statement opposing bail. But the only lawyer who was able to score for the defence was Victor Nkhwashu, acting for Maropeng and Nthoroane. After Ramahula had been battered by the two previous defence lawyers, he finally conceded that there was no evidence the two suspended detectives would interfere with witnesses.

In reply, senior prosecutor State Advocate Louis Mashimane introduced sections of the statement by the SA Revenue Service’s Johann van Loggenberg, group executive, tax and customs enforcement investigations. Mashiane used the statement to substantiate the State’s claim that Krejcir had multiple business interests, which made Krejcir attorney Eddie Classen livid.

During an adjournment Classen yelled that he now had to produce an answering affidavit to the statement and that the constitutionality of admitting it would be challenged.

Magistrate Reginald Dama will give his judgment tomorrow.

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