‘Kre­j­cir en­tered on Sey­chelles pass­port’

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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

PIC­TURE: KENT LINGEVELDT/WCN

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