Krejcir bail hearing disrupted

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Nadezda, mother of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, is seen during his appearance in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court where he once again applied for bail. Also attending the bail application were Krejcir's son Denis and his wife Katerina (foreground). Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Johannesburg - Radovan Krejcir's third bail bid was temporarily disrupted in the Palm Ride Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Prosecutor Louis Mashiane refused to accept documents pertaining to a previous Krejcir case, in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court.

Mashiane objected to the documents being entered as evidence as they had not been certified.

Annelene van den Heever, for Krejcir, asked for proceedings to be halted temporarily as her legal team attempted to get the documents certified.

Krejcir, a Czech fugitive, was applying for bail once again, claiming he had new evidence to submit.

Mashiane has thus far argued that none of the evidence submitted was new and no injustice would be done in keeping Krejcir behind bars.

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.

It was alleged that in June last year, they allegedly kidnapped and assaulted a man whose brother, known only as “Doctor”, disappeared with a 25kg shipment of tik he had been recruited to help smuggle through OR Tambo International Airport.

They allegedly kept the man at Krejcir's Money Point business in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, for four days, and assaulted him.

On January 10, the High Court in Johannesburg denied Krejcir leave to appeal the dismissal of his application for bail by the Palm Ridge Regional Court on December 13.

All the accused are out on bail, except Krejcir and Miya. Miya is facing several other criminal charges at a different court.

As in previous appearances, security was tight around the court with the road leading to the court being blocked off.

Outside the courtroom, scores of police officers lined the benches.

People entering the court were searched.

Inside court, more officers filled the gallery.

Krejcir's wife, Katerina Krejcirova, was present for the proceedings.

She wore a black suit, and sat next to their son and another woman, believed to be Krejcir's mother.

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