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New witness called in Krejcir trial

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg - A new State witness was called in the trial of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and five others in the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, on Tuesday.

The witness, Bhekizitha Khumalo, worked with Doctor, the brother of the man whose kidnapping Krejcir had allegedly ordered.

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Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir appears in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Friday, 24 January 2014. Krejcir and his four co-accused were appearing on charges of kidnapping, assault, and attempted murder. Krejcir appeared alongside Siboniso Miya, Sandton businessman Desai Luphondo, and two members of the Hawks, warrant officers Samuel Modise Maropeng and George Jeff Nthoroane.Four of the men were arrested in November. Miya was arrested in January.In June, they allegedly kidnapped and assaulted a man whose brother, known only as "Doctor", disappeared with a 25kg shipment of tik he had been recruited to help smuggle through OR Tambo International Airport.They are accused of keeping the man at Krejcir's Money Point business in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, for four days, and assaulting him. The matter was postponed to February 24.Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Khumalo testified about his dealings with Doctor, who had allegedly disappeared with 25kg of tik (methamphetamine) which he had been tasked with transporting to Australia, allegedly for Krejcir. Doctor worked for a cargo company at OR Tambo International Airport.

Krejcir, Desai Luphondo, Warrant Officers Samuel “Saddam” Maropeng and George Nthoroane, Jan Lefu Mofokeng, and Siboniso Miya face charges of kidnapping, attempted murder, and dealing in drugs.

They allegedly kidnapped Doctor's brother, Bheki Lukhele, from his Katlehong home in June last year, because Doctor had disappeared with the drugs. Lukhele was held at Krejcir's Money Point business in Bedfordview for several days and tortured, allegedly by Krejcir and his accomplices, in a bid to have him reveal Doctor's whereabouts.

Khumalo told the court Doctor had asked him to accompany him to Kempton Park where they collected a black bag from Luphondo.

The court heard during cross examination by prosecutor Louis Masheane, that along the way, the bag was handed to a man driving a white Navara after Doctor had declared that it contained drugs.

“We then drove behind the Navara until I saw a place with nice houses for rich people.”

At the premises of one of the houses the bag was opened.

“Inside the bag were 25 little parcels wrapped in silver grey plastic.” Khumalo demonstrated with his hands the size of the parcels.

The court heard that Khumalo received a call from Luphondo that night telling him he could not get hold of Doctor and he wanted the bag.

“I told him not to involve me and get hold of Doctor because he is the one he had dealings with.”

The following day Doctor informed Khumalo that he had told Luphondo that police took his bag.

“He told me Desai could not stop calling him demanding the bag.”

Later that day, they met with Luphondo who told them he wanted the bag because Krejcir was fighting with him.

All the accused have denied involvement in the matter.

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