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‘Lies and hate have won over truth and love’

Radovan Krejcir shrugged his shoulders and appeared disappointed as he was led out the courtroom.

FILE: Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir has told Eyewitness News that 'lies and hate have won out over truth and love' after he was today convicted of attempted murder, kidnapping and attempted possession of drugs.

This is the first time he has been found guilty of a crime in South Africa.

The High Court in Johannesburg found Krejcir was the mastermind behind a plan to transport 25 kilograms of methamphetamine, also known as ice, to Australia and he poured boiling water over a man in an attempt to find the stolen drugs.

"His identification of accused one as the perpetrator of the act of pouring boiling water on him is also corroborated by other witnesses. In addition, the events according the evidence of other witnesses took place at money point, a place owned by number one."

A grey and gaunt looking Krejcir shrugged his shoulders and appeared disappointed as he was led out the courtroom.

"The lies and the hate won over the truth and the love. I believe we are going to appeal against this judgment."

Lamont also accepted the evidence of the victim in this case, who told the court Krejcir poured boiling water over him after he was kidnapped.

His co-accused businessman Desai Luphondo was more impassioned.

"It's unfair justice. It's unfair justice"

It's unclear at this stage how long Krejcir will have to spend in prison.

Sentencing will be decided next month.

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