Ex-Kre­j­cir lawyer charged with cor­rup­tion in ab­duc­tion case

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SHAIN GERMANER

ONE of Radovan Kre­j­cir’s for­mer lawyers, Eric Bryer, has been charged with cor­rup­tion and de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice af­ter be­com­ing per­son­ally in­volved in the kid­nap­ping case of one of his new clients.

Bryer rep­re­sented Kre­j­cir dur­ing his plea ne­go­ti­a­tions with po­lice in 2016, where the Czech fugi­tive was aim­ing to ex­pe­dite the court pro­ceed­ings of his nu­mer­ous crim­i­nal cases – a plan which ul­ti­mately failed.

This week, Bryer found him­self in the dock at the Jo­han­nes­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court along­side three Pak­istani men, Iqbal Zahid, Al­shaad Ali and Hawashishu Ali Raja.

Bryer had been rep­re­sent­ing a client in an­other court prior to his own ap­pear­ance, and was wear­ing his at­tor­ney’s robe as pro­ceed­ings be­gan.

How­ever, mag­is­trate Al­ber­tus Roux sent Bryer out of the court­room to re­move his robe be­fore he was will­ing to con­tinue.

Mag­is­trate

the court­room

When asked why he was in the dock, Bryer said he had been ar­rested on an­cil­lary charges to the cur­rent kid­nap­ping mat­ter, prompt­ing the mag­is­trate to shake his head.

Raja, Zahid, Ali and Bryer were ar­rested last Satur­day at Bryer’s home, af­ter the Hawks stormed the prop­erty.

It’s un­der­stood Bryer was rep­re­sent­ing Asif Din, who had been ac­cused of kid­nap­ping an­other Pak­istani who had re­cently ar­rived in South Africa. It re­mains un­clear ex­actly what the cor­rup­tion and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice charges re­late to, as the charge sheet against Bryer had not yet been fi­nalised.

The three men, be­lieved to be Din’s as­so­ciates, had al­legedly been sum­moned to Bryer’s home to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on the case be­fore the SAPS ar­rived. Bryer was re­leased on warn­ing late on Satur­day night, and or­dered to ap­pear in court on Tues­day morn­ing.

Dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings, Raja col­lapsed to the floor of the dock, and had to be helped to stand.

Nurs­ing a bloody nose, he told the court through his lawyer that he had not re­ceived his chronic med­i­ca­tion while he had been in cus­tody.

Bryer’s case, as he did not re­quire a bail ap­pli­ca­tion, was post­poned to May 25 for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, while his fel­low ac­cused ap­plied for bail on Thurs­day. The mag­is­trate also or­dered that Raja re­ceive med­i­cal at­ten­tion as soon as pos­si­ble.

When speak­ing to In­de­pen­dent Me­dia at the court, Bryer said the case against him was spu­ri­ous.

He said he would pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive state­ment, but by the time of pub­li­ca­tion he had not sent it.

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