Court de­nies bail to fugi­tive Kre­j­cir

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CZECH fugi­tive Radovan Kre­j­cir’s his­tory of al­le­ga­tions of fal­si­fy­ing pass­ports, com­mit­ting fraud and ab­scond­ing from prison, and his coun­try of birth, came back to haunt him yes­ter­day.

The al­leged crimes, along with his al­leged in­cli­na­tion to in­tim­i­date wit­nesses, came to­gether to thwart his bid to win his free­dom yes­ter­day. The Ger­mis­ton Re­gional Court, sit­ting in the Palm Ridge Mag­is­trate’s Court, turned down his bid to be re­leased on bail.

Kre­j­cir and his co-ac­cused De­sai Luphondo, along with Hawks mem­bers Sa­mule Modise “Sad­dam” Marup­ing and Machache Ge­orge Jeff Nthoroane, face charges of kid­nap­ping, as­sault and at­tempted mur­der. In June, they al­legedly kid­napped and as­saulted a man whose brother, known only as Doc­tor, dis­ap­peared with a 25kg ship­ment of tik he had been re­cruited to help smug­gle through OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port. They deny all charges against them.

Bar­ring the re­mote chance he wins on ap­peal, yes­ter­day’s rul­ing ef­fec­tively means Kre­j­cir will spend Christ­mas and al­most the whole of Jan­uary be­hind bars. He tried to con­ceal his dis­tress at the rul­ing, but his de­jec­tion and shock were ob­vi­ous. Some 10 min­utes af­ter mag­is­trate Regi­nald Dama de­liv­ered the verdict, Kre­j­cir’s wife left the court­room.

In his verdict, Dama re­ferred ex­ten­sively to “damn­ing ev­i­dence” from an af­fi­davit by Jo­hann von Loggen­berg. The af­fi­davit re­vealed some of Kre­j­cir’s al­leged dodgy and fraud­u­lent busi­ness deal­ings in South Africa and Czech Repub­lic, in­clud­ing ow­ing a sub­stan­tial debt to Sars in un­paid tax, and the al­leged ab­duc­tion of a Czech busi­ness­man.

Kre­j­cir was sen­tenced for most of th­ese crimes, but he ab­sconded be­fore serv­ing his jail term. The court heard that he had in 2005, with the help of friends, fal­si­fied a pass­port and fled to South Africa.

“How can such a per­son be trusted, and what guar­an­tee does the court have that given the same op­por­tu­nity, he may not re­peat this trick­ery?” Dama asked.

Mean­while, Luphondo was re­leased on bail of R10 000, while Marup­ing and Nthoroane had theirs fixed at R5 000 each. The case was post­poned to Jan­uary 24.

TRICK­ERY: Radovan Kre­j­cir

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