Krejcir loses bail appeal
Radovan Krejcir faces charges of kidnapping and assault related to a drug deal gone wrong.
JOHANNESBURG - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir has lost his appeal to be granted bail.
The South Gauteng High Court handed down judgment a short while ago in Krejcir's appeal against the Palm Ridge Magistrate Court's decision not to grant him bail in December 2013.
Krejcir and his three co-accused, Desai Luphondo and Hawks officers Jeff Nthoroane and Samuel 'Saddam' Maropeng, are facing charges of kidnapping and assault in connection with a R24 million crystal meth deal gone wrong.
His lawyers lost on every point in the appeal.
Judge Leonie Windell agreed with the Palm Ridge magistrate that Krejcir will evade trial if he is granted bail, that he has the means to flee the country if given the opportunity to do so, and that he could interfere with witnesses.
She pointed to an affidavit submitted by a South African Revenue Service investigator which shows that Krejcir has no bank accounts in the country, no assets in his name and that his cars and properties are in his wife's name.
This decision means Krejcir will remain in custody but his lawyers are bringing an application this afternoon to be granted leave to appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.
The Czech's wife, mother and son were in court this morning to hear the decision.
KREJCIR FIGHTING SEVERAL BATTLES
Krejcir is fighting battles on a number of fronts, with police circling in and public frustration growing.
It is alleged that he arrived in the country seven years ago using a fake passport.
Four of his associates were killed within the space of two months last year.
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.
He has also been fighting ongoing attempts to extradite him to his home country where he has been charged in absentia for money laundering.