'Krejcir tortured man with boiling water'

Peter Msimango testified that Radovan Krejcir poured boiling water over Bheki Lukhele's head.

 Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Details of how Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir allegedly tortured an East Rand man while he pleaded for his life have emerged in the Palm Ridge Court.

Krejcir and five of his co-accused, including police officers, are standing trial for kidnapping and attempted murder after a drug deal went wrong in June last year.

The court heard how Bheki Lukhele pleaded with his brother, only known as Doctor, to give the Czech and his co-accused what they were demanding and spare his life.

Krejcir and his team were allegedly after Doctor and tortured his brother in order to get to him.

The state witness, Peter Msimango, testified that Krejcir tortured Lukhele because Doctor allegedly stole his 25kg of drugs, worth R300,000.

Msimango testified that the Czech poured boiling water over the victim's head, he screamed and cried for help and after a while had blisters over his whole face.

He further alleged that this torture took place at the businessman's Money Point office in Bedfordview, and that the police officers acted on instructions of Krejcir, who was known as "The Boss".

The state intends to call 10 more witnesses to the stand before closing its case.

All six men pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them.

Krejcir has been implicated in a number of other cases and has been accused of murdering a debt collector and plotting to kill two investigators.

He is also wanted in his country and is fighting extradition attempts.