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State accuses Krejcir of severe torture

Prosecutors claim the Czech fugitive tortured and threatened to kill a man after a failed drug deal.

Radovan Krejcir appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on 2 December 2013. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - State prosecutors allege Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir tortured and threatened to kill the brother of a middleman after a R24 million crystal meth deal went wrong.

The businessman and three others applied for bail during a sitting in Palm Ridge by the Germiston Magistrates Court.

Krejcir was arrested two weeks ago and two Hawks officers were taken into custody a few days later.

The state alleges that Krejcir had an East Rand man kidnapped. Hot water was poured over the man's head and he Krejcir then allegedly tortured the man because his brother had absconded with a massive crystal meth shipment destined for Australia.

The man was allegedly kidnapped with the assistance of Hawks officers with identity cards.

It's believed that the complainant's life was only saved when Krejcir's co-accused Desai Luphondo offered to settle the debt.

Krejcir's lawyer slammed the state's case, saying it's unreliable and untrustworthy.

The defence questioned why the claims never featured in the state's indictment on Krejcir.

Prosecutors also failed to respond to the suspect's allegations that police tortured him in custody following his arrest.

The bail application continues on Wednesday.

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

To download the state's affidavit click here.