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First On EWN: Secret Krejcir inquiry underway

EWN understands Sars is probing Radovan Krejcir’s tax affairs.

Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that a secret judicial inquiry probing the tax affairs of Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir has been underway for several weeks now.

It is understood several high profile individuals have been subpoenaed to testify at the inquiry set up by the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

Krejcir has been linked to a variety of crimes since arriving in South Africa in 2007, but has not been convicted and is fighting attempts to have him extradited to the Czech Republic.

In February, he was arrested in connection with an armed robbery.

Krejcir and two others were arrested for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery in Pretoria in October 2011.

Eyewitness News understands the inquiry, which has been set up under Section 74 of the Income Tax Act, has been going on for several weeks now and witnesses have been giving evidence today.

A number of prominent figures linked to criminal networks have been subpoenaed to testify about Krejcir's tax affairs.

However, many have been reluctant to speak on the issue because they have sworn under oath to preserve the inquiry's secrecy.

Sars says it cannot comment publicly on the affairs of any taxpayer and will not confirm the existence of the hearings.

Krejcir has also refused to divulge any details about the inquiry.

To read Sars's statement click here.