Krejcir’s latest legal bid flops

The Czech fugitive’s lawyer failed to convince the court to remove her client from isolation.

FILE: Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir in court on 2 December 2013. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.

PRETORIA - Radovan Krejcir's lawyer on Friday failed to convince the North Gauteng High Court that her client deserved better living conditions behind bars.

The Czech fugitive was arrested last year and charged with kidnapping, attempted murder and assault in connection with a multi-million rand drug deal gone wrong.

Advocate Annelene van den Heever told the Pretoria court Krejcir had been cut off from other inmates and was under close supervision on a 24-hour basis.

She said her client wasn't able to socialise with other inmates.

Van den Heever asked that her client be allowed to socialise with other prisoners.

She said her client was being held in total isolation and argued this infringed on his basic human rights.

Krejcir is being held in the prison hospital section, as per an order granted by the Johannesburg High Court last November, after he requested medical treatment.

The state denies claims Krejcir was segregated.

Prosecutors argued he was being kept away from inmates with tuberculosis and other infectious diseases for his own safety.

The state also wants to keep him away from convicted prisoners.

The judge dismissed the application with costs.

Krejcir is due to stand trial next month.