Radovan Krejcir arrested

The Czech fugitive has been arrested on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping.

Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir has been arrested on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping on Friday afternoon.

Police have confirmed his arrest.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's spokesperson Solomon Makgale tweeted police will hold a press conference at 12pm on Saturday to discuss Krejcir's arrest.

It was not clear what incident this warrant was issued in connection with.

Krejcir's phone is off and his lawyer says he doesn't know which division of the police arrested his client.

He made headlines in recent weeks after several of his associates were killed in separate incidents in Bedfordview.

Veselin Laganin and Sam Issa were killed in two separate incidents in October while two others, Ronny Bvuma and Jan Charvat, were killed when a bomb went off at Krejcir's Money Point shop on 12 November.

Five others were injured but Krejcir was not on the scene at the time of the blast.

Prior to that, he 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.

Last week, Krejcir's assets were seized by the South African Revenue Service and his business manager Ivan Savov was arrested and charged with fraud involving R10 million.

The fugitive also denied recent allegations that he ordered six international hits since his arrival in South Africa.

Krejcir is fighting to avoid extradition to his home country where he has been charged in absentia on a number of counts, including tax fraud and other charges.