Kre­j­cir ap­plies for trans­fer to Jo­han­nes­burg

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CON­VICTED un­der­world boss Radovan Kre­j­cir, pic­tured, brought a fresh ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg High Court yes­ter­day, ap­ply­ing for, among oth­ers, re­lo­ca­tion to Joburg.

While the depart­ment would not con­firm his cur­rent lo­ca­tion, Kre­j­cir is be­lieved to be at Kok­stad’s C-Max Prison – the coun­try’s most se­cure prison – in KwaZulu-Natal.

KZN Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices spokesper­son Lo­gan Maistry said the ap­pli­ca­tion was post­poned in­def­i­nitely by the court to al­low the depart­ment to file op­pos­ing af­fi­davits. “We are op­pos­ing all the re­lief sought,” he said. Maistry said Kre­j­cir was seek­ing im­me­di­ate trans­fer to Jo­han­nes­burg’s Medium C Prison and that he re­main there for the du­ra­tion of his im­pend­ing court mat­ters.

Kre­j­cir has also claimed the depart­ment was “impeding and in­ter­fer­ing” with his rights to a fair trial, the right to be vis­ited by his fam­ily, the right to le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion and that the time he had for le­gal con­sul­ta­tion was be­ing un­fairly re­stricted.

In May, Kre­j­cir’s fam­ily re­leased a tranche of cor­re­spon­dence set­ting out com­plaints about the con­di­tions un­der which he was be­ing kept.

It was sent to the Ju­di­cial In­spec­torate for Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices. The fam­ily said he was fac­ing hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions and that he had to en­dure psy­cho­log­i­cal tor­ture by be­ing de­prived of fam­ily con­tact and be­ing kept away from in­ter­act­ing with other pris­on­ers. They also said there was ver­min in his cell. The depart­ment de­nied all the al­le­ga­tions.

On Au­gust 24, 2015, he was con­victed of at­tempted mur­der, kid­nap­ping and drug deal­ing and sen­tenced to 35 years by the high court in Joburg. He is stand­ing trial for the 2013 Bed­ford­view mur­der of Le­banese na­tional Sam Issa. The State claims the mur­der oc­curred due to a dis­pute over a R500 000 loan Issa made to Kre­j­cir.

In an un­re­lated court ac­tion, the Czech Repub­lic has started ex­tra­di­tion pro­ceed­ings against him to stand trial for at least four charges of fraud.

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