Krejcir’s trial resumes

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Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir. File picture: Chris Collingridge

Johannesburg -

The trial of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and five others will continue in the Johannesburg High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge, on Wednesday.

The trial was postponed on Tuesday because Annelene van den Heever, counsel for Krejcir, was still sick.

Three State witnesses have so far taken the stand, among them Bheki Lukhele, a young man who claims to have been kidnapped and assaulted by Krejcir and his alleged henchmen.

This, he said, was in a bid to force him to reveal the whereabouts of his brother, Doctor.

Doctor worked for a cargo company at OR Tambo International Airport. He apparently disappeared with the crystal methamphetamine (tik) he was supposed to help transport to Australia, allegedly for Krejcir.

Paul Mthabela, one of the men who was allegedly recruited to help find Doctor, is due to return to the stand where he will be cross-examined by Van den Heever for Krejcir.

Mthabela is testifying against Krejcir, Desai Luphondo, warrant officers Samuel Maropeng and George Nthoroane, Jan Lefu Mofokeng and Siboniso Miya in exchange for possible immunity.

Krejcir and the five men are charged with kidnapping, assault, and attempted murder.

They also face charges of dealing in drugs.

All the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The trial was scheduled to be concluded last Friday. - Sapa


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