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Krejcir judge slams prosecutor

The judge said the way in which the state opposed the application was unfortunate.

Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South Gauteng High Court judge who granted Radovan Krejcir an order to be moved to a hospital says the way in which the state opposed his urgent application was unfortunate.

The Czech fugitive was arrested on Friday on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping.

Krejcir claimed he was assaulted in custody and argued that he could face organ failure if not treated.

Judge Ramarumo Monama ordered police to move him to a private hospital but barred the media from revealing the name of the facility.

He hit out at the state for its focus on the assault claims rather than Krejcir's state of health during Sunday night's special hearing.

Krejcir's lawyer argued police refused to give his client proper medical care.

The court found that Krejcir may be controversial, but his rights should still be protected.

Monama said he was impressed with the medical expert who examined Krejcir and testified in support of his application.

"He has provided more than enough evidence to sustain his conclusion. Consequently, his evidence can be relied upon. I find that the applicant has made out a proper case for the relief sought."

Krejcir will remain under police guard while in hospital.