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Krejcir, co-accused await appeal decision

Krejcir & his accomplices will know today whether they’ve been granted permission to appeal their conviction.

FILE. Radovan Krejcir waiting in the holding cells ahead of his bail application at the Germiston Magistrates Court on 8 July 2015. Picture: Gallo Images/The Times/Alon Skuy.

JOHANNESBURG - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and five of his accomplices will know today whether they have been granted permission to appeal their conviction and sentence.

The case relates to a R24 million drug deal that went wrong, which resulted in Hawks officials and Krejcir being arrested in November 2013.

The brother of a man who was supposed to transport the drugs, Bheki Lukhele, was kidnapped and tortured.

Krejcir and five others have spent two days in the High Court in Johannesburg trying to convince Judge Colin Lamont to grant them leave to appeal.

Krejcir's lawyer James Grant has argued that Lamont did not consider all of his client's evidence.

Grant believes the Czech fugitive's sentence is inappropriate and that another court would come to a different conclusion.

He claims Krejcir was not allowed to prepare a proper defence during sentencing.

Grant says Krejcir was denied the right to call any witnesses.