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Judge unavailable for Krejcir trial

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg - The trial of Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir and five others accused of kidnapping and the attempted murder of an East Rand man was postponed by the Johannesburg High Court on Monday, the NPA said.

“The matter was postponed to May 8 due to the unavailability of the judge,” said National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube.

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Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir is seen during an appearance in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Monday, 24 February 2014 where he once again applied for bail. Krejcir, Siboniso Miya, Sandton businessman Desai Luphondo, and three members of the Hawks -- Samuel Modise Maropeng, George Jeff Nthoroane and Ian Jan Mofokeng -- were arrested for the kidnapping and attempted murder of an East Rand man.Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

He said the new judge appointed to preside over the matter would only be available from Thursday.

Krejcir and his associates appeared under heavy police guard at the high court sitting in Palm Ridge in the East Rand.

They were escorted from the court by almost 10 speeding police vehicles with sirens.

Krejcir is charged with dealing in drugs, attempted murder and kidnapping, together with Desai Luphondo, Samuel Modise Maropeng, George Jeff Nthoroane, Jan Lefu Mofokeng and Siboniso Miya.

Luphondo, Maropeng, Nthoroane and Mofokeng were all released on R5000 bail in December.

Krejcir, along with Miya, Zoduma Biyela, Jacob Nare, Mafunda, Nkosi, and Owen Serero are also alleged to have been part of a group which conspired to kill police colonel Nkosana Ximba and investigator Paul O'Sullivan, who had investigated Krejcir.

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