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Corrections officers suspected of trying to help Krejcir escape

It’s believed Krejcir planned a dramatic escape involving helicopters and luxury cars.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Police say they have reason to believe that some correctional services officials may have helped Radovan Krejcir smuggle certain items into his prison cell, including a firearm.

Gun was attached with white double sided tape... pic.twitter.com/n8lSKWhfZ4

Krejcir who has been convicted of drug dealing, kidnapping and attempted murder, planned a dramatic escape from prison involving helicopters and luxury cars.

During a raid at the weekend, a 9mm pistol, four cellphones and other items were found hidden in his cell, as well as a hand written diary which may help police crack other cases.

This weekend was Krejcir's fourth attempt to escape prison, but luckily information from intelligence sources prompted a raid on his cell.

The police's Solomon Makgale says they believe he tried to escape on Sunday.

"He would have left the country with a helicopter as well as a luxury vehicle which was arranged. We have reason to believe that there are people in the correctional services who gave him the items."

His cell was still being searched yesterday and several people are being questioned, but police are confident that they will be able to keep him behind bars.

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