Radovan Krejcir's business manager arrested

Ivan Savov was taken into custody on Thursday and will appear in court on Monday morning.

The Hawks have confirmed that Radovan Krejcir's business manager has been arrested and charged with fraud. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks have confirmed that Radovan Krejcir's business manager has been arrested and charged with fraud involving R10 million.

Ivan Savov was taken into custody on Thursday and will appear in court on Monday morning.

He remains behind bars.

The arrest comes as the South African Revenue Service (Sars) is going after Krejcir with a preservation order freezing his assets and companies linked to him in South Africa.

Savov is the manager and owner of some of those companies named in the Sars court papers as respondents.

Smoke rises from Radovan Krejcir's Money Point shop in Bedfordview shortly after an explosion on 12 November 2013. Picture: @mickey_gp/Twitter.

The Hawk's Paul Ramaloko says, "We had a fraud case opened early this year involving R10 million taken from one security company. This suspect we arrested was linked to the fraud which was opened in Kliptown."

Sars suspects that Krejcir is using his Cross Point business - which trades as the Money Point pawn shop in Bedfordview, the scene of a deadly blast on Tuesday - as a front to evade tax.

The details are contained in an affidavit obtained by the Mail & Guardian newspaper which was used to motivate an attachment order.

Sars has seized a total of 14 companies, 11 cars and even Krejcir's Bedfordview house.

PREVIOUS INCIDENTS

Earlier this year, Krejcir survived a bizarre attempt on his life when remote-controlled shotguns opened fire on him from behind a number plate of a parked car outside the same shop.

He described the experience as being like something out of a James Bond film.

A close-up of the VW Cross-Polo with guns installed behind its number plate used in the attempted hit on Radovan Krejcir on 24 July 2013. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

Several of Krejcir's associates have been gunned down in recent weeks.

In the latest incident, Lebanese national Sam Issa was killed in Bedfordview.

Krejcir has denied ever being close to Issa or having any links to the killing.

The Czech national has been named a suspect in a number of high-profile murders but has never been charged.

He is also fighting to avoid extradition to his home country where he has been charged in absentia on a number of charges.