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Police: Arrest of Krejcir accomplice is major breakthrough

Police say the suspect was planning to kill key witnesses that had to testify in Krejcir's trial.

Police arrested a 40-year-old man linked to Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir in Johannesburg on 25 June 2015. Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG - A 40-year-old man linked to Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir has been arrested in Johannesburg.

A specialised team investigating Krejcir and his accomplices made the arrest on Thursday afternoon.

The suspect was arrested at a petrol station on the M2 highway in Johannesburg.

The man is alleged to have conspired with the four accused suspects in the murder of Sam Issa, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Bedfordview in 2013.

The police's Vish Naidoo said the suspect was planning to kill key witnesses that had to testify in the trial expected to start on 30 June.

"It is believed that these witnesses were going to be assassinated during the course of this weekend before the trial starts."

Naidoo said the investigating team uncovered the conspiracy that was taking place a few days ago and gathered overwhelming evidence and information which led to this arrest.

Krejcir and three others were officially charged for the murder of the Lebanese national in February this year.

Issa was shot execution style in a drive-by shooting in Bedfordview in 2013.

All four men were charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and the unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

The police's Solomon Makgale described the arrest as a breakthrough for police.

"We're very pleased with the work of the investigation team and I think they deserve to be congratulated because this is the third matter that's been brought before a court of law."

Police said they are confident that they have sufficient evidence to convict Krejcir and the other accused for the murder of Issa.

Police said more charges, possibly of murder, will be brought against Krejcir in the near future.

Issa was shot more than 30 times while he was stopped at a traffic light in his Audi Q7 on 12 October 2013.

He was approached by a white Ford Ranger with an ND registration number and an unknown suspect fired shots at him.

WATCH: Krejcir officially charged with murder

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