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An­other Kre­j­cir ‘friend’ slain in suburbia

Sunday World - - Front Page - SO­MAYA STOCKENSTROOM and MZWANDILE kaBIZOKWAKHE

AN­OTHER man with links to Czech fugi­tive and al­leged gang­land strong­man Radovan Kre­j­cir has been mur­dered in Bed­ford­view, Joburg.

Serb Ve­selin La­ganin was killed early yes­ter­day at his apart­ment.

His death comes three weeks af­ter Kre­j­cir as­so­ciate Bas­sam Issa was gunned down in the same sub­urb.

La­ganin had ap­peared in the Pre­to­ria Mag­is­trate’s Court in Fe­bru­ary along­side Kre­j­cir on charges of armed rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances.

The charges re­late to a shoot­ing in Pre­to­ria West in Oc­to­ber last year.

Kre­j­cir, who es­caped death in July af­ter a James Bond-style at­tempt on his life, re­fused to comment.

“Sorry, brother, I am not talk­ing to me­dia. Bye,” he said yes­ter­day.

The at­tempt on Kre­j­cir, in which his ar­moured Mercedes-Benz was pep­pered with bul­lets, was made us­ing bar­rels retro-fit­ted be­hind the num­ber plate of a hi­jacked VW Polo.

Pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Paul O’Sul­li­van has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­leged Bed­ford­view mafia over the past few years and said he ex­pected this to hap­pen.

“All I am say­ing is that he would have made a great state wit­ness, but like all would-be state wit­nesses against Kre­j­cir, he is dead,” O’Sul­li­van said.

La­ganin ’ s apart­ment in the Wedge­wood Green com­plex is about a block away from the in­ter­sec­tion where Issa’s car was sprayed with at least 33 bul­lets.

Pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesman Bri­gadier Neville Malila con­firmed that the dead man was 54-year-old La­ganin.

Malila said three men had en­tered the res­i­dence and when La­ganin’s wife woke up they were al­ready in the bed­room.

“They told her to keep quiet. When he woke up, they shot him in the side. His wife and 12-year-old son were un­harmed.”

He said jew­ellery and cell­phones had been stolen from the house be­fore the at­tack­ers fled.

Malila said po­lice re­cov­ered firearms out­side the prop­erty, but could not give de­tails about how the in­trud­ers got into the se­cure com­plex.

He said all the po­lice knew was that they had got in through an open win­dow.

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cers at the com­plex were keep­ing mum and neigh­bours were not aware that a mur­der had been com­mit­ted.

Dis­traught rel­a­tives watched as po­lice combed the scene, too emo­tional to speak.

Malila said they could not con­firm any links be­tween this mur­der and nearly 10 oth­ers linked to the un­der­world.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tors will ob­vi­ously com­pare notes. It’s too early to tell,” he said.

As for Issa’s mur­der, Malila said they had not made any ar­rests yet.

THE KILLING FIELDS: A po­lice car at the com­plex where Ve­selin La­ganin was killed. His wife and 12-year-old son were un­harmed.

WEB OF DEATH: Above, the story we ran three weeks ago when Bas­sam Issa was gunned down. Right, the house in Bed­ford­view where Ve­selin La­ganin was shot dead early yes­ter­day morn­ing. Both men had links to al­leged mob­ster Radovan Kre­j­cir

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