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Radovan Krejcir sentenced to 35 years behind bars

He is guilty of drug dealing, kidnapping and attempted murder.

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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JOHANNESBURG – Radovan Krejcir has been sentenced to effective 35 years behind bars.

The Czech fugitive is in prison for attempted murder, drug dealing and kidnapping.

His five co-accused were sentenced to 15 years each.

Earlier today, Krejcir launched four applications but they were denied in South Gauteng High Court.

Krejcir asked to have his cuffs removed, to call his lawyer, to call witnesses and requested special entry.

He then accused the judge of showing bias, saying he hasn’t been given a fair opportunity to argue his sentence.

Krejcir says he will be appealing his 35-year prison sentence.

Judge Colin Lamont argued that he has been given ample time to get legal representation and arrange witnesses.

Krejcir was sentenced to 25 years for drug dealing, 15 years for kidnapping and 15 years for attempted murder.

Ten years of counts two and three will run concurrently with count one meaning he has been sentenced to an effective 35 years in prison.

Krejcir's co-accused also indicated they would appeal their sentences.

BOMB THREAT HALTS CASE

Yesterday, sentencing proceedings in his case came to an abrupt halt when a police officer entered court and informed the prosecutor of a bomb threat.

Police officers told lawyers and members of the public to leave the court building.

Krejcir had been pushing for a postponement for most of the day, saying his newly appointed lawyer wasn't available to represent him.

Later, he said he wanted to call witnesses including his psychologist and social worker and then stated he needed an interpreter. 

Eventually, Judge Colin Lamont gave him until today to arrange it.

WATCH: Bomb threat stops Krejcir sentencing.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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