SA tar­gets Kre­j­cir for tax eva­sion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - KASHIEFA AJAM and SAMEER NAIK

SOUTH African law en­force­ment, which has so far failed to nail con­victed Czech fugi­tive Radovan Kre­j­cir for vi­o­lent crime, has gone af­ter him Al Capone-style, for tax eva­sion.

This comes as 12 peo­ple who have died, two on trial and one fight­ing extradition, have all been linked to Kre­j­cir, prompt­ing his neigh­bours in Bed­ford­view to vow to pe­ti­tion Par­lia­ment to have the un­der­world fig­ure ousted from their for­merly quiet sub­urb.

At about 4pm yes­ter­day, Sars served Kre­j­cir with a preser­va­tion or­der which stated that all his as­sets had been placed un­der the con­trol of a cu­ra­tor.

Just like Capone – an Amer­i­can gang­ster thought to be in­volved in il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing mur­der, smug­gling, prostitution and boot­leg­ging liquor in the 1920s – Kre­j­cir is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for tax eva­sion.

Sars re­port­edly acted in terms of the Tax Ad­min­is­tra­tion Act, based on the view that Kre­j­cir owed more than R59 mil­lion in taxes, penal­ties and in­ter­est.

Many of his com­pa­nies are how­ever owned by his wife.

The court or­der also granted seizure of con­trol of the as­sets of

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