Police deny Krejcir murder charge claims

Media reports suggest Radovan Krejcir is likely to be charged with three murders.

Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and co-accused Desai  Luphondo at the Palm Ridge Regional Court during their bail hearing on 4 December 2013. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have dismissed as speculation media reports that Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir is likely to be charged with three murders.

The _Star _newspaper is reporting that a stolen police R-5 rifle is allegedly the link between the murder of Sam Issa and Zimbabwean debt collector Phumlani Ncube.

A third murder relates to the death of Uwe Gemballa in 2010.

Police believe one of the men suspected of killing Issa in Bedfordview is already in jail in connection with another case.

Spokesperson Solomon Makgale said, "We can't confirm anything else until we receive the ballistics report on the R-5 that was recovered. We wouldn't want at this stage to comment on things we're not sure of."

This week Krejcir's fourth attempt to secure bail since his arrest last year for attempted murder and kidnapping failed.

KREJCIR'S BAIL ATTEMPTS

The Czech will remain behind bars as he awaits trial on charges of dealing in drugs, kidnapping and attempted murder.

His lawyers were attempting to have February's decision by Magistrate Reginald Dama set aside but the proceedings were quickly dismissed by the judge.

The businessman is expected to remain behind bars until his trial begins on 5 May.

He and five co-accused will stand trial on charges of kidnapping, attempted murder and assault in connection with a multimillion rand drug deal gone wrong that resulted in a hostage situation last year.

Krejcir's name has been associated with a number of unsolved murders in South Africa.

In July, he narrowly survived an assassination attempt involving a Volkswagen Cross Polo fitted with several gun barrels behind its rear number plate.

The bizarre improvised weapon, which Krejcir himself compared to something out of a James Bond movie, was remotely controlled.

It was triggered as Krejcir exited his car which was then riddled with bullets, but he escaped unharmed.

The Cross Polo then burst into flames.