'Krejcir wasn't high on drugs'

The Czech fugitive was arrested 10 days ago on charges of kidnapping and assault.

Radovan Krejcir spent the past week at a medical facility in Johannesburg under police guard. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir's legal team is expected to dispute claims by the state that he was under the heavy influence of a banned substance when he was arrested.

Krejcir and two Hawks officers are expected to apply for bail in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court this morning.

The charges relate to a case opened in June.

He spent the past week at a medical facility in Johannesburg under police guard after he claimed to have been assaulted while in police custody.

Controversial former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli, a cocaine binge, corruption, torture and tazers are all expected to feature in this morning's bail application.

It's reported that Krejcir will argue that he was arrested by Mdluli's ally, crime intelligence colonel Nkosana "Killer" Ximba in an attempt to force him into a confession.

It's also suspected that the state will argue that the Czech fugitive was high on drugs at the time of his alleged torture.

But one of Krejcir's lawyers, Ulrich Roux, says they are unaware of the claims.

"In the face of there not being any evidence supporting that allegation, we cannot for the life of us understand why the state would argue that."

It's hoped more detail about the actual case against Krejcir and his co-accused will be revealed in court.

Road closures are in place ahead of Radovan Krejcir's court appearance in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on 1 December 2013. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.


Maropeng is believed to have a close association with the Czech fugitive.

It's also been suggested that he's being investigated for the gangland style hit on Sam Issa an associate of Krejcir's in Bedfordview in October.

Both Maropeng and Nthoroane are based at the East Rand Organised Crime Unit under the controversial Colonel Frans Steyn.

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

Police say they can't rule out the possibility of further arrests in connection with Krejcir's case.


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

It is alleged that 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 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 this week to fight on-going attempts to extradite him to his home country where he has been charged in absentia for money laundering.