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Krejcir court appearance in camera

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg - The appearance of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and another man will be in camera, the senior prosecutor said on Monday morning.

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Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir arrives for his extradition hearing at the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Thursday, 29 August 2013. Krejcir wants to remain in South Africa and is fighting attempts by the National Prosecuting Authority to extradite him to his home country, the Czech Republic, where he faces an 11-year prison sentence. The Refugee Appeal Board refused him refugee status last year. He is appealing the decision. The State and the defence had agreed to postpone the matter pending the board's decision. Krejcir was sentenced in the Czech Republic last year after being convicted in absentia of money-laundering. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

The men were due to appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton on Monday to face charges of attempted murder and kidnapping.

Senior prosecutor Kenny Ramavhoya said the decision was taken for security reasons.

“It happens most of the time when there are security concerns,” he said.

He denied there was secrecy surrounding the matter and said only the men's first appearance was expected to be behind closed doors.

It was not immediately clear which part of the Criminal Procedure Act was invoked to hear the matter in camera.

In agreement with the defence, the matter was expected to be postponed to December 2 for a bail application, he said.

The charges of kidnapping and attempted murder related to an alleged incident in June.

Later on Monday, in the High Court in Johannesburg, a ruling was expected on whether Krejcir should be moved from detention to hospital following an urgent application by his lawyers which started on Sunday night and ran into the early hours of Monday morning. - Sapa

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