Reports: Krejcir wants to go back to Czech for lighter sentence
A daily Czech newspaper claims that Krejcir believes he could get a more lenient sentence in his home country.
JOHANNESBURG - Radovan Krejcir's lawyers have rubbished reports in a Czech Republic newspaper that the fugitive businessman wants to return to his home country rather than face the law here in South Africa.
This claim was made in a report on the front page of a daily newspaper in Prague this week:
Krejcir is currently facing several separate trials in South Africa and is in custody.
According to the report, Krejcir's lawyers in Prague have delayed a verdict in a long running court case in that country by suggesting their client wants to return home.
It's understood Krejcir believes that he could get a more lenient jail term there than in South Africa.
He has already been sentenced to 10 years in absentia in the Czech Republic.
However his lawyers in Johannesburg have dismissed the reports saying it is an academic argument anyway as Krejcir is currently on trial in the High Court.
He also has at least two other cases due to go to trial later this year.
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Since arriving in South Africa in 2007, Krejcir has insisted he cannot return to the Czech Republic and has been applying for permanent asylum.
His case is still before the Refugee Appeal Board.