Krejcir and co-accused back in court

Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir's bail application continues in court today.

Radovan Krejcir speaks with his legal team at the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court during his bail hearing on 4 December 2013. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There's a heavy police presence in and around the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court where Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, his co-accused Desai Luphondo and Hawks officers Jeff Nthoroane and Samuel 'Saddam' Maropeng are appearing today.

Krejcir faces charges of assault and kidnapping, along with the other three who are are currently in the midst of a bail application.

They're accused of kidnapping the brother of a drug deal middleman who allegedly absconded with R24 million worth of crystal meth destined for Australia.

The investigating officer is expected to be cross examined today.

Krejcir is being held at a medical facility since his arrest two weeks ago after claims he was tortured by police.

Shortly after his arrest last month, the Czech accused police of torturing him while in custody and then won a court order sending him to hospital for urgent treatment, although the judge in that matter would not rule on the cause of his health problems.


At the same time, the prosecution against Krejcir maintains he is capable of securing a false passport and fleeing the country's porous borders if released on bail.

Last week State prosecutor Louis Mashiane spent nearly an hour reminding the court how Krejcir has a history of fleeing countries on false passports and warned it could happen again.

"He's not the man he claims to be because he's equipped to go anywhere. This is the man who in his affidavits claims he doesn't have a passport."

He also argued that Krejcir's family returning to the country from Mauritius last weekend was a sham.

"This was clearly a comeback of convenience and he quickly arranged for his family to come back because he could see he is in difficulty."

Krejcir is also fighting to avoid extradition to his home country where he has been charged in absentia on a number of counts, including tax fraud and other charges.