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Subpoenas to be issued in Krejcir inquiry

Several individuals may have to testify in Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir's secret inquiry.

Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Several high profile individuals are expected to be subpoenaed to give evidence in a secret judicial inquiry into Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir's tax affairs.

On Friday, Eyewitness News reported that the inquiry had been underway for several weeks and witnesses gave evidence up until Friday.

Krejcir has been linked to a variety of crimes since arriving in South Africa in 2007.

But he has not been convicted and he is fighting attempts to have him extradited to the Czech Republic.

His legal representatives confirmed the inquiry is underway.

South African Revenue Service (Sars) spokesperson Adrian Lackay said he cannot comment on the affairs of any taxpayers.

He said the inquiry is set up in terms of Section 74 of the Income Tax Act.

"The act allows us to approach a high court of law to apply for an order, the court then appoints a judicial officer to chair the inquiry."

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

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