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Krejcir trial to resume

The Czech fugitive’s trial will go ahead despite concerns over the judge’s safety.

FILE: Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir arrives at the Johannesburg High Court sitting at Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on 9 June 2014. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir's trial will resume in the High Court in Johannesburg this morning, with his lawyers expected to seek clarity on an apparent threat to the presiding judge's safety, which has prompted a police investigation and extra security being deployed.

Krejcir and six others, including a policeman, are currently standing trial on charges of kidnapping, attempted murder and dealing in drugs related to 25 kg of Tik that disappeared.

On Tuesday, Judge Colin Lamont raised concerns about his safety after an incident while driving home which left his windscreen cracked.

Judge Lamont has vowed to tighten restrictions on parcels handed to the Czech fugitive in court following a series of incidents, including a bread knife being found in a consultation room.

Now Krejcir's lawyer Piet du Plessis says they will approach Lamont to discuss what he may perceive as a threat to his life.

"We'll take it up with the judge. I can't comment until such time that I've been informed as to what allegations and threats were alleged to be."

The police could also present a report to the court on its investigations into the incident, but witnesses are expected to continue presenting evidence on the alleged drug deal.

The man who disappeared with the Tik has still not been found.

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