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Hawks have 'strong case' against Krejcir

Judgment will be passed on whether Krejcir will be transferred to a medical facility for treatment.

FILE: Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir was arrested at his Bedfordview home on 22 November. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Amid criticism about why it took law enforcement officials so long to arrest Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, the Hawks have assured they have a strong case against him.

On Friday, Eyewitness News revealed that Krejcir was arrested at his Bedfordview home on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping relating to a case reported in June.

Questions have once again been raised as to why it has taken police so long to arrest Krejcir in light of his alleged links to a string of underworld killings.

Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said people mustn't be surprised if more charges are levelled against Krejcir in the near future.

Ramaloko said a top East Rand police official was not keeping Krejcir in the loop about investigations against him.

He said Colonel Francois Steyn was only instructed to keep Krejcir informed about a case involving an attempted hit on the businessman's life.

Ramoloko also defended Steyn's R400,000 loan from a company controlled by Krejcir and said it has been recorded in the books.

Meanwhile, Krejcir is expected to find out later this morning if the South Gauteng High Court will allow him to be transferred to a medical facility.

His lawyers say the police acted unlawfully when arresting him as they couldn't produce any warrant of arrest or identify themselves.

The Czech fugitive claims he was suffocated with a plastic bag and shocked repeatedly with a taser gun in an isolated area while surrounded by around 20 police officers.

Krejcir's lawyer Ulrich Roux said it remains unclear why the police would torture his client.

"It speaks volumes to the fact that the police thought they would do this and it wouldn't come out."

During the early hours of this morning, the South Gauteng High Court heard Krejcir's urgent application to be moved to a medical facility for treatment.

But the state's doctor argued his injuries don't warrant urgent care.

Judgment is expected to be handed down on the matter this morning.

WHEREABOUTS OF KREJCIR'S FAMILY UNCLEAR

A week ago, Eyewitness News asked Krejcir about rumours that he was about to leave the country for South America.

He denied those claims outright.

"I don't like to speak too much about my family, but it's not true. We are still here and enjoying life in South Africa."

But his wife and sons are overseas apparently holidaying in Mauritius.

NET CLOSING IN ON KREJCIR

Meanwhile, Krejcir's arrest comes as the Czech fugitive is fighting battles on several fronts with law enforcement authorities appearing to be closing in on him and public frustration growing.

He has been in the country for six years and was previously arrested on an Interpol red notice for using a fake passport.

Four of his associates have been killed in the past month and his Money Point shop in Bedfordview was blown up.

In July, he survived a bizarre assassination attempt when remote-controlled shotguns opened fire on him from behind the number plate of a parked car outside the same shop.

The South African Revenue Service has frozen his assets and a multi-disciplinary task team has been investigating multiple underworld murders he has been linked to.

He is also due to appear in court next week to fight ongoing attempts to extradite him.