'Krejcir tried to kill me five times'

Forensic consultant Paul O'Sullivan claims Radovan Krejcir has tried to assassinate him before.

Forensic consultant Paul O'Sullivan claims Radovan Krejcir has tried to assassinate him before. Picture: Tara Meaney/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Forensic consultant Paul O'Sullivan claims Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir has tried to assassinate him before.

Three suspects were arrested yesterday in connection with a murder plot to kill O'Sullivan and senior crime intelligence officer Colonel Nkosana 'Killer' Ximba.

The police have hailed the arrests as a major breakthrough that will tighten the case against Krejcir.

O'Sullivan says while he's always been aware of Krejcir's threats on his life, he won't stop investigating the Czech until he is permanently behind bars.

"It's the fifth time he has hired people to kill me."

But O'Sullivan says it goes with the territory.

"If you play golf for a living you expect to get wet sometimes. In my line of work, there are people who want to remove us from the planet."

He says he hasn't given up on trying to get Krejcir arrested and prosecuted.

"I have just not left him alone, I have been like a terrier at his heels and have treated him exactly the same way I treated Jackie Selebi. I got my teeth stuck in and I wouldn't let go.

He says he wants Krejcir to go to prison for the rest of his life.

Krejcir has always denied a plot to kill O'Sullivan whom he calls a vigilante and a self-proclaimed white knight.

ARRESTS

The three suspects, two men and a woman, were arrested in Sandton on Thursday.

One of the men arrested was a suspect whom officials have been trying to track down for months.

It is believed the man is linked to the same kidnapping and attempted murder case which Krejcir is currently facing charges for.

Members of the special task team investigating Krejcir were on the scene at the Road Lodge in Rivonia as forensic experts examined the three vehicles that were seized.

A forensic detective inspects a firearm taken from a suspect's vehicle at the Road Lodge in Rivonia on 9 January 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

Lieutenant-General Vineshkumar Moonoo (right), the most senior detective in the SAPS, at the Road Lodge in Rivonia after the arrest of those linked to a conspiracy to murder investigators on the Radovan Krejcir case.Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN.

Firearms, blue lights, number plates, balaclavas and police sirens were also recovered.

The police's Solomon Makgale said the team followed up on intelligence received.

"One of them was at a restaurant in Sandton and we went there and arrested the individual. We were then told the other two were at the Road Lodge."

While he says there is a link between those arrested and Krejcir, he can't confirm whether Krejcir was behind the murder conspiracy.

He added more arrests can be expected.

The suspects are expected to appear in court soon on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, theft and possession of a stolen vehicle.

KREJCIR CONTINUES BAIL FIGHT

Krejcir's lawyers will this morning attempt to convince the South Gauteng High Court that they should be allowed to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

High court judge Leonie Windell on Thursday refused Krejcir bail confirming a decision made by the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court last year.

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.

Windell found that Krejcir could not be trusted, that he has the means to flee the country without a valid passport and that he could interfere with witnesses.

This morning, Windell will hear argument for leave to appeal.

Krejcir's lawyers say the Czech is being kept at a correctional services facility and is no longer in hospital.