Faces charges of at­tempted mur­der, kid­nap­ping Spe­cialised po­lice team ‘worked day and night’

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In a state­ment is­sued later, the po­lice said that al­though they did not usu­ally name sus­pects be­fore they ap­peared in court, “it was de­cided on the ba­sis of the ex­is­tence of an ar­rest war­rant and pub­lic in­ter­est that the sus­pect in this in­stance will be iden­ti­fied”.

Kre­j­cir ap­par­ently spent the night be­ing ques­tioned at Crime In­tel­li­gence head­quar­ters in Joburg, with Mak­gale say­ing more de­tails of the ar­rest and the charges would be made known at a press con­fer­ence to­day.

The Czech made head­lines in re­cent weeks af­ter sev­eral of his as­so­ci­ates were killed in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in Bed­ford­view in what many have la­belled an all-out war rag­ing in the Joburg un­der­world.

Key Kre­j­cir as­so­ci­ates Ve­selin La­ganin and Sam Issa were mur­dered last month while two oth­ers, Ron­nie Bvuma and Jan Char­vat, were killed when a bomb went off at Kre­j­cir’s busi­ness, Money Point, in Bed­ford­view ear­lier this month. Five other peo­ple were in­jured in the blast but Kre­j­cir was not on the scene at the time of the ex­plo­sion.

Be­fore that, Kre­j­cir him­self sur­vived a fan­tas­ti­cal at­tempt on his life when re­mote-con­trolled shot­guns opened fire on him from be­hind a num­ber plate of a parked car out­side the same shop.

Last night’s swoop was shrouded in se­crecy, with only po­lice top brass and the Crime In­tel­li­gence Di­vi­sion ap­par­ently in the loop with the Hawks crime-fight­ing unit and prom­i­nent pri­vate investigators who had been prob­ing Kre­j­cir caught un­awares.

”We had no idea about the ar­rest as Crime In­tel­li­gence had acted on their own, but none­the­less we are very glad that he has been taken down,” pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Mike Bol­huis said.

Last week, the SA Rev­enue Ser­vice seized Kre­j­cir’s as­sets and ar­rested his busi­ness man­ager, Ivan Savov, who was charged with fraud, money laun­der­ing and theft of nearly R13 mil­lion.

Savov, the busi­ness man­ager at Money Point, was de­nied bail by mag­is­trate Brian Ne­mavhidi in the Jo­han­nes­burg Spe­cialised Com­mer­cial Crimes Court be­cause he felt the Bul­gar­ian had failed to prove it was in the in­ter­est of jus­tice to do so and that he could pose a flight-risk.

In his af­fi­davit in sup­port of bail, Savov claimed the State had no case against him, adding that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion had “dragged along” since Fe­bru­ary.

“It there­fore seems as if my prose­cu­tion is only an af­ter­thought prob­a­bly brought about by the re­cent pub­lic­ity sur­round­ing the bomb blast and the hype sur­round­ing Radovan Kre­j­cir,” said Savov’s af­fi­davit, read by at­tor­ney, Piet du Plessis.

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