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Krejcir turns to High Court for prison transfer

Krejcir has been moved from Zonderwater to a facility in Kokstad due to fears he may attempt to escape.

Radovan Krejcir waiting in the holding cells ahead of his bail application at the Germiston Magistrates Court on 8 July 2015. Picture: Gallo Images/The Times/Alon Skuy.
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PRETORIA – Convicted criminal Radovan Krejcir has accused the Correctional Services Department of violating his constitutional rights by transferring him to a facility outside of Gauteng and frustrating his access to his legal teams. 

Last month, the department moved Krejcir from the Zonderwater facility near Cullinan to a maximum security facility in Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal, citing fears that he may attempt to escape.

The Czech fugitive is due back in court next month to be sentenced for kidnapping and attempted murder. 

The judge warned at the last postponement that he would not permit any further delays

In an affidavit, Krejcir says the logistics of being detained in Kokstad make it impractical for his legal teams to regularly consult, which has now become a matter of urgency. 

Krejcir says he was not told he would be moved and wants to be detained at a facility in Gauteng. 

His attorney Cliff Alexander says gaining access to his client has been difficult, which is why they’re approaching the High Court for relief. 

“We have been met with flagrant disregard by the Department of Correctional Services in permitting us to access Mr Krejcir.”

The Correctional Services Department has denied the allegations, saying Krejcir was being kept in Kokstad for security reasons and could not be detained in Gauteng because the C-Max facility in Pretoria is currently under construction. 

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(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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