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Johannesburg - Security at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court was beefed up on Friday morning ahead of the appearance of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir.
Krejcir and his three co-accused would appear on charges of kidnapping, assault, and attempted murder.
The small courtroom was filled with over 20 police officers, some in uniform and others in suits. Some of them were armed.
Officers stood outside the courtroom and searched everyone who entered.
The street outside the court was partially closed, with police vehicles parked on the corners.
Krejcir will appear alongside Sandton businessman Desai Luphondo, and two members of the Hawks, warrant officers Samuel Modise Maropeng and George Jeff Nthoroane. They were arrested in November.
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.
On January 10, the High Court in Johannesburg denied Krejcir leave to appeal the dismissal of his application for bail by the Palm Ridge Regional Court on December 13. - Sapa