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Media approaches ConCourt on Krejcir's hearing

Media houses say they want to attend Czech billionaire Radovan Krejcir’s refugee appeal board hearing.

Media houses have appealed directly to the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, on 9 January 2013 to attend the refugee appeal hearing of Czech billionaire Radovan Krejcir.

JOHANNESBURG - Three large media groups on Wednesday went to the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng for permission to attend Czech billionaire Radovan Krejcir's refugee appeal board hearing.

Media24, the Mail & Guardian and Independent Newspapers have all appealed to Mogoeng for permission to attend the hearing.

The board initially refused the media access to the hearing, stating the Refugees Act and Rules insisted on secrecy around the hearing.

In December, the North Gauteng High Court refused to grant the three media houses access to Krejcir's hearing.

Krejcir was found guilty in Prague of kidnapping, fraud and money laundering involving R227 million, but faces no criminal charges in South Africa.

Court documents say the media houses have asked the Constitutional Court to decide on whether it's constitutional to place a blanket ban on public refugee hearings, in light of the Bill of Rights.

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