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Johannesburg - Convicted Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir's lawyer expects judgment to be reserved at his client's extradition hearing in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
“We expect the matter to be argued today... as to whether the extradition hearing can proceed pending the outcome of the ruling of the Refugee Appeal Board,” Eddie Classen said while waiting for the case to be heard.
“We expect judgment to be reserved and be given in a couple of weeks' time.”
Krejcir arrived at the court, wearing a black jacket and crisp white T-shirt.
He appeared calm when he walked into the court building and stood outside the civil claims court room where the hearing was to be held.
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. - Sapa