‘Krejcir entered on Seychelles passport’
THE Department of Home Affairs has denied claims that Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir entered the country illegally.
Krejcir entered South Africa on a Seychelles passport on a visitor’s permit, director-general Mkuseli Apleni said on Thursday.
“While in the country, he applied for an asylum seeker’s permit and… we do not have a right to just simply say we do not want to consider your case,” he said.
“We are considering his case, which is with the Refugee Appeals Board. Once the decision is taken, it can either say you are granted a refugee status or you are declined, and then you will be deported.”
But Apleni said that coming in on a visitor’s permit was no excuse to engage in illegal activities.
“Once you do that we will deal with you as we deal with a South African. Because when I commit a crime as a South African, I am subjected to the laws of the country,” he said.
Krejcir arrived in South Africa in 2007 and was detained for a month after allegedly using a forged passport.
Krejcir’s associates Uwe Gemballa and Teazers strip club owner Lolly Jackson, with whom he was allegedly involved in a money-laundering operation, were both killed in 2010. In March 2011, Krejcir’s security consultant Cyril Beeka was killed in a drive-by shooting.
A hit-list, allegedly found in Krejcir’s home, contained names including those of Beeka and security consultant Paul O’Sullivan.
In October, Bassam Issa, reportedly also an associate of Krejcir’s, was shot dead in B e d f o r d v i e w, Jo hannesburg. Earlier this month a Serbian man, Veselin Langanin, who was arrested with Krejcir for armed robbery, was shot dead in his Bedfordview home. In October last year the armed robbery charges against Krejcir were withdrawn.
In his home country in December last year, Krejcir was sentenced in absentia to 11 years for money-laundering.
Also last year, Krejcir was arrested for fraud related to a R4.5 million insurance claim. The charges were withdrawn.
This year Krejcir survived a number of alleged attempts on his life. In July his car was shot at seconds after he got out of it, in the parking lot of his Money Point business in Bedfordview.
His former employee Brendan Harrison was arrested for allegedly plotting to kill him. On November 12, two people were killed in a bomb blast at the same premises.
His extradition hearing is set to resume next Friday. – Sapa
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