‘Krejcir's constitutional rights infringed on’
He says his client’s constitutional rights have been infringed as ‘proper legal’ consultation was denied.
JOHANNESBURG - Radovan Krejcir's lawyer, Cliff Alexander, says his client's constitutional rights have been infringed because he was denied the opportunity for proper legal consultation.
Krejcir was sentenced to an effective 35 years behind bars yesterday for attempted murder, kidnapping and drug dealing.
The man, who was once an international fugitive and then a convicted criminal, was forced to represent himself during sentencing argument, because the judge turned down several applications to contact his lawyer and to call witnesses.
Alexander says he wasn't able to represent Krejcir in court this week because he was dealing with another case, but he had tried a number of times to access his client.
Judge Colin Lamont was adamant that Krejcir had ample time to organise legal presentation, arrange witnesses and proceeded with sentencing.
Krejcir had told the court on Monday that he required a court order to use the phone in prison in order to consult with his lawyer, but Lamont refused to grant him one.
Alexander says he had also sent through several requests to see Krejcir.
"There's always been somebody standing, who was not only watching but also listening everything that is said. Every document that we need to hand to Mr Krejcir to either read or sign has to be given to a correctional services official. They first read it before giving it to him and vice versa. It's a catch-22 situation. There are urgent documents and there's an attorney-client privilege."
Heavy security, body searches and a bomb threat characterised his sentencing in the South Gauteng High Court this week.
Krejcir applied for his hand cuffs to be removed several times, but this was refused.
He says allegations that he wanted to kill the judge and escape have been sensationalised.
Alexander adds he hasn't been charged with trying to escape.
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Krejcir's application for leave to appeal has been postponed until the judge is next available, which is only likely to be in mid-April.
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