Money Point not owned by Krejcir: lawyer

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Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir appears in the Palm Ridge Regional Court. Photo: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Johannesburg - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir is not the owner of the Money Point business in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, the Palm Ridge Regional Court heard on Monday.

“I am putting it to you that Money Point is owned by a company called Cross Point 242 Pty Ltd,” said Eddie Classen, for Krejcir, during his bail application.

“The sole shareholder of Cross Point is a man named Ronnie Vuma.”

Classen was cross-examining investigating officer Freddy Mashudu Ramuhala.

Ramuhala said that as far as he knew, Krejcir was known as the owner of Money Point gold and diamond exchange.

He said he could not confirm that Vuma was the owner because he died in a bomb blast at the business in November.

“I was at the scene on the day the blast took place, and investigators waited to question Krejcir the owner, as he was not at the premises at the time the bomb went off,” Ramuhala said.

Two people were killed and several others were injured in the blast.

“Vuma unfortunately died during the bombing of his business,” said Classen.

He asked Ramuhala why he said in his affidavit that Krejcir's family had left the country under mysterious circumstances in November.

The State alleged that Krejcir's wife Katerina Krejcirova and their two sons left OR Tambo International Airport on a flight to Nigeria. It was not known where they went after arriving in Nigeria.

They returned to South Africa from Mauritius, just a day before the bail application started, the State alleges.

Ramuhala said this was his information.

Classen produced three passports he said belonged to Krejcirova and their two sons, and were those used for the Mauritius trip.

He asked Ramuhala to check the passports for any stamps by Nigerian authorities.

Ramuhala looked at the passports and said there were no stamps indicating that the travellers entered Nigeria.

“Yes, there are no such stamps from Lagos in Nigeria because the family travelled straight to Mauritius for a planned holiday,” Classen said.

Krejcir is applying for bail with co-accused Desai Luphondo and two members of the Hawks, Warrant Officers Samuel Modise Maropeng and George Jeff Nthoroane.

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

The charges relate to the alleged kidnapping and assault of an East Rand man over four days in June.

His brother, named Doctor, who worked at OR Tambo International Airport, had apparently disappeared after Luphondo allegedly handed him 24kg of tik to ship to Australia.

The State alleges that Luphondo was Krejcir's drug pusher.

The consignment did not reach its destination, and the brother was allegedly kidnapped as Doctor could not be found.

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