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Krecjir denied leave to appeal bail ruling

The Czech fugitive will remain in custody until his next court appearance later in January.

FILE: Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The South Gauteng High Court on Friday dismissed Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir's application for leave to appeal against two earlier bail application rulings.

The controversial businessman wanted to challenge the rulings in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

The Johannesburg court on Friday morning heard arguments in the application after already turning down his appeal on Thursday.

Krejcir is currently behind bars facing charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and assault, linked to a drug deal gone wrong.

Judge Leonie Windell turned down the application.

She found that another court would not come to a different conclusion.

The Palm Ridge Magistrates Court denied him bail in 2012.

Krejcir's lawyers argued that another court with a "global view" would find differently and that the judge erred when finding that the Czech national could interfere with witnesses.

Prosecutors successfully argued the application was pointless and Krejcir had good reason to disappear.

He will now remain in custody until his next court appearance later in January.

Meanwhile, the police say they expect to make further arrests in connection with a murder conspiracy plot linked to Krejcir, which was foiled on Thursday.

Three arrests were made in northern Johannesburg on Thursday.

The suspects, two men and a woman, are accused of planning to kill forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan and crime intelligence officer Nkosana 'Killer' Ximba.

The maverick investigator claimed this was not the first plot against him, saying Krejcir tried to have him killed on four previous occasions.

The suspects will appear in court on Monday.