Krejcir-linked ‘assassins’ claim torture

Two people arrested on charges of conspiracy to murder Krejcir investigators say they’ve been tortured.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Two people arrested in connection with a foiled plot to allegedly kill forensic consultant Paul O'Sullivan and senior intelligence officer Colonel Nkosana 'Killer' Ximba claim they've been tortured by the police.

Four people, three men and a woman, appeared in the Alexandra Magistrates Court earlier on Monday facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder, armed robbery, hijacking, theft and possession of a suspected stolen vehicle as well as the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

The special task team investigating Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir made three of the arrests last week.

It's believed all of the suspects are linked to Krejcir, who remains behind bars awaiting trial on charges of assault and kidnapping.

It's understood police are investigating whether an R5 rifle seized in the sting could have been used in the gangland style murder of Krejcir's associate Sam Issa also known as 'Black Sam' or 'Cripple Sam'.

Two of the suspects told the court they've been assaulted by police officers and were forced to make statements.

They told the magistrate they were badly beaten.

Only five people, believed to be relatives of the accused, and a large media contingent were allowed into the public gallery at the court.

The case was postponed to next Monday.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Nathi Mncube says no bail application has been made.

"The matter was postponed by agreement of both parties. There are issues that both the defence and the state want to iron out before they decide whether to bring the bail application or not."