Krejcir will flee SA too: State

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Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir. File photo: Chris Collingridge

Johannesburg - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir could flee to the Seychelles with his family if granted bail, the Palm Ridge Regional Court heard on Wednesday.

“He is a fugitive from justice and could flee if given bail,” prosecutor Louis Mashiane said.

His wife and son went to the Seychelles on November 21 and “conveniently” returned a day before Krejcir's bail application. Krejcir told them to return so he could fight for his bail application, Mashiane said.

“This is a man well equipped to flee at any time. It is on record that the family have several passports, some with assumed names.”

Krejcir and three others were applying for bail. His co-accused are estate agent Desai Luphondo and Hawks members warrant officers Samuel Modise Maropeng and George Jeff Nthoroane.

They were arrested last month and face charges of assault, kidnapping, and attempted murder.

Mashiane said on Wednesday Krejcir stated in his affidavit that his mother had transferred R40 million to South Africa via the SA Reserve Bank. He said the money belonged to his mother and it was up to her to decide what to do with it.

Magistrate Reginald Dama asked Mashiane if the mention of the money was to show Krejcir was, as the only child, the person to inherit the money and would not abscond only to leave it behind.

Mashiane said that might be so.

“That could be the case, if the applicant flees, then he can leave the money behind for Sassa to distribute through social grants.”

He was referring to the SA Social Security Agency.

The hearing continues.


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