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Krejcir’s defence fights for son not to be charged

Radovan Krejcir's lawyers are fighting attempts by the state to have his son Denis added as a co-accused.

Czech fugite Radovan Krejcir takes a break during a court appearance at the Johannesburg High Court. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Radovan Krejcir's lawyers are fighting attempts by the state to have his son Denis added as a co-accused in a murder trial.

Krejcir appeared in court on Tuesday for the 2013 hit on Sam Issa also known as 'Cripple Sam' in Bedfordview.

The Czech fugitive appears to have lost a substantial amount of weight over the past two years he's spent in prison.

He appeared in court in jeans and a black leather jacket.

A fifth accused was added to the charge sheet - Krejcir's accountant Mike Borislov Grigorov.

The state also wants a postponement to add his son Denis as an accused but he is in the Czech Republic and is not being allowed back into South Africa as he is a restricted person.

Krejcir's lawyer says this is a ruse to delay the trial.

POLICE: ARREST OF KREJCIR ACCOMPLICE IS MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH

Meanwhile, a 40-year-old man linked to Czech fugitive was arrested in Johannesburg last week.

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.

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