More arrests possible in Krejcir case

Two members of the Hawks were taken into custody earlier in the day.

FILE: Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir at the scene where he survived an attempted hit on his life in Bedfordview. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police on Tuesday said they can't rule out the possibility of further arrests in connection with Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir's case.

Two members of the Hawks were taken into custody earlier in the day.

A 41-year-old warrant officer was taken into custody on Gauteng's East Rand this morning.

The police's Solomon Makgale said a second arrest was made just after 1pm.

"We arrested yet another warrant officer who is 46 years of age."

Makgale says the unit is still hard at work and can't rule out the possibility of more arrests.

It's believed the second suspect worked closely with the 41-year-old arrested this morning.

Both men arrested on Tuesday are believed to report to Colonel Frans Steyn of the Organised Crime Unit.

Last week, Steyn confirmed he received a R400,000 loan from a company affiliated to the Czech businessman.

Krejcir was arrested on Friday.

He and his alleged accomplice Desai Lupondo appeared in court on Monday on charges of kidnapping and attempted murder, with an alternative charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

The charges relate to a case opened in June.

The South Gauteng High Court granted Krejcir an order to be moved to a private hospita l, finding failure to do so could lead to organ failure and cardiac arrest.

Krejcir's arrest comes as he fights battles on a number of fronts, with police circling in and public frustration growing.

He arrived in the country six years ago using a fake passport.

Four of his associates have been killed in the past month.

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

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.

Krecjir is also due to appear in court next week to fight ongoing attempts to extradite him to his home country where he has been charged in absentia for money laundering.