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Krejcir case: Day 1 of sentencing to commence

The Czech fugitive and five others are convicted of attempted murder, kidnapping and drug dealing.

FILE: Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir takes a break during a court appearance at the Johannesburg High Court. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir is back in court this morning.

Sentencing proceedings will begin in the High Court in Johannesburg for Krejcir and five co-accused convicted of attempted murder, kidnapping and drug dealing.

Krejcir is likely to return to court in under heavy police guard, for the first of three days set aside for sentencing proceedings.

Judge Colin Lamont will hear argument about how long Krejcir and his co-accused should spend behind bars.

Sentencing has been postponed several times after Krejcir was convicted of ordering the kidnap and torture of Bheki Lukhele, whose brother Doctor, allegedly disappeared with 25 kg of tik.

This was the first conviction against Krejcir in South Africa.

Meanwhile, a Bedfordview estate agent was yesterday released on R3,000 bail after she appeared in court for allegedly trying to smuggle a cellphone to Krejcir in a pair of shoes.

The property agent has no previous convictions and the state did not oppose her bail.

She claimed that she was visiting Krejcir to discuss the sale of his home.

Last month, authorities claimed to have foiled an elaborate escape plan by Krejcir who had been plotting to break out of the Zonderwater Prison.

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