Krejcir to apply for bail

02 December 2013 6:00 AM

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Mandy Wiener | Today, 07:59

JOHANNESBURG – Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and two Hawks officers are expected to apply for bail in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court this morning. Krejcir was arrested 10 days ago on charges of kidnapping and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. The charges relate to a case opened in June. He spent the past week at a medical facility in Johannesburg under police guard after he claimed to have been assaulted while in police custody. The two Hawks warrant officers, Jeff Nthoroane (46) and Samuel 'Saddam' Maropeng (41) were arrested last week by a multi–disciplinary task team investigating crimes linked to Krejcir. Controversial former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli, a cocaine binge, corruption, torture and tazers are all expected to feature in this morning's bail application. It's reported that Krejcir will argue that he was arrested by Mdluli's ally, crime intelligence colonel Nkosana “Killer” Ximba in an attempt to force him into a confession. It's also suspected that the state will argue that the Czech fugitive was high on drugs at the time of his alleged torture. It's hoped more detail about the actual case against Krejcir and his co–accused could be revealed in court. POLICE LINKS TO KREJCIR Maropeng is believed to have a close association with the Czech fugitive. It's also been suggested that he's being investigated for the gangland style hit on Sam Issa an associate of Krejcir's in Bedfordview in October. Both Maropeng and Nthoroane are based at the East Rand Organised Crime Unit under the controversial Colonel Frans Steyn. Last month, Steyn admitted he received a R400,000 loan from a company affiliated to the Czech businessman. Police say they can't rule out the possibility of further arrests in connection with Krejcir's case. NET CLOSING IN ON KREJCIR Krejcir's arrest comes as he fights battles on a number of fronts, with police circling in and public frustration growing. It is alleged that he arrived in the country six years ago using a fake passport. Four of his associates have been killed in the past month. Veselin Laganin and Issa were killed in two separate incidents in October, while Ronny Bvuma and Jan Charvat were killed when a bomb went off at Krejcir's Money Point shop on 12 November. In July, he survived a bizarre assassination attempt when remote–controlled shotguns opened fire on him from behind the number plate of a parked car outside the same shop. The South African Revenue Service has frozen his assets and a multi–disciplinary task team has been investigating multiple underworld murders he has been linked to. Krecjir is also due to appear in court this week to fight on–going attempts to extradite him to his home country where he has been charged in absentia for money laundering. (Edited by Gia Kaplan)


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