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NPA vows to stop further Krejcir appeals

Krejcir’s application for leave to appeal his 35-year sentence was dismissed in the High Court.

FILE: Security was extremely tight at the Johannesburg High Court when Radovan Krejcir appeared for sentencing. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it's determined to stop Radovan Krejcir from appealing his conviction for kidnapping, even if the matter goes all the way to the Constitutional Court.

Krejcir's application for leave to appeal his 35-year jail sentence for a drug deal that went wrong was dismissed in the High Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Krejcir and five of his accomplices were convicted in a case that relates to a R24 million drug deal that went wrong, which resulted in Hawks officials and Krejcir being arrested in November 2013.

The NPA's Phindi Louw says the dismissal of Krejcir's application for leave to appeal is a victory for the state.

"Reason being he has always been of the view that no presiding officer would come to a different decision."

The Czech fugitive's legal team is now waiting for instruction on whether to file papers in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

His lawyers believe a different court would reach a different conclusion on his conviction and sentence.

The applications of Krejcir's five accomplices were also dismissed.

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

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

His lawyer Cliff Alexander said the ruling doesn't come as a surprise.

"We expected that it might be dismissed and one has to plan for these things. We'll take the necessary instructions from Mr Krecjir to petition the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein."