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Krejcir’s family claims 'inhumane' prison conditions

Communication between prison authorities and the family detail an apparent infestation of scorpions and rodents in his cell and other allegations about his conditions.

FILE: Radovan Krejcir. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Radovan Krejcir’s family has released a tranche of correspondence it’s sent to prison authorities and the judicial inspectorate complaining about alleged inhumane conditions, psychological torture and deprivation of medical care he is experiencing in prison.

The communication goes back several months and details an apparent infestation of scorpions and rodents in his cell and other allegations about his conditions.

But prison authorities say these accusations are unfounded and that Krejcir is being treated according to his security classification.

Krejcir is currently serving 35 years for attempted murder while facing numerous other trials. He has also allegedly made attempts to escape his jail cell.

In the communication sent to the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services, Krejcir’s family repeatedly raises numerous concerns about what they describe as human rights violations.

They claim he is enduring psychological torture as he is deprived of contacting loved ones and is being kept in solitary confinement without any interaction with other prisoners.

They also allege that the vermin infestation in his cell is contributing to his deteriorating health.

Correctional Services officials say he is being kept in a single cell to ensure maximum security through close monitoring and he is not being victimised, that he has been examined by a doctor more than five times in the last three months and that pest control service providers are dealing with his complaints.

Officials also insist that Krejcir is allowed visits from family and legal representatives and allegations that he is denied the right to a fair trial are baseless.