Krejcir's trial set down for May

Krejcir and his five co-accused are facing charges of kidnapping, attempted murder & assault.

Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The trial of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and his four co-accused has been set down for May.

The businessman and his four co-accused, including two Hawks members, are facing charges of kidnapping, attempted murder and assault in connection with a R24 million drug deal gone wrong that resulted in a hostage situation last November.

Krejcir's bail application was postponed yesterday in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court until Friday.

This is the second time Krejcir has applied for bail since he was detained in November last year.

He was previously denied bail by on the grounds that he would likely attempt to escape the country if released.

Joined in court by his wife and son, Krejcir argued that his legal team was unable to adequately prepare for his case with him behind bars.

His lawyers also told the court his incarceration was placing severe financial and emotional strain on his family.

However, lawyers indicated the businessman was still able to pay a large amount of money for bail.

Krejcir assured the court he will not flee South Africa, saying his passports have either been confiscated or have expired.

It was also argued that an international warrant for his arrest would deter him from feeling South Africa.

All of the other co-accused are out on bail expect for Siboniso Miya.

Their case will be heard in the South Gauteng High Court from 5-30 May.