Krejcir trial-within-a-trial resumes

By IAfrica
In South Africa
Aug 13th, 2014

ALBERTON – The trial-within-a-trial in the matter involving Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and five others in the Johannesburg High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge, will resume on Wednesday.

After numerous delays on Monday, the State called its second witness police constable Junior Lerato Santi.

He was at the centre of the arrest of Krejcir and one of his co-accused Desai Luphondo.

Testifying in Sotho, he denied that any of the policemen who were in his presence had assaulted any of the accused when they were arrested on November 22, 2013.

The trial-within-a-trial was launched following allegations that police officers assaulted Luphondo and influenced him into making a confession.

Prosecutor Louis Mashiane told the court Luphondo had addressed the witness in a threatening manner.

Judge Colin Lamont issued a warning to Luphondo and told all six accused that none of them could interact with the witnesses.

After proceedings, he told Luphondo that such actions could result in his bail being withdrawn.

Krejcir, Luphondo, Warrant Officers Samuel “Saddam” Maropeng and George Nthoroane, Jan Lefu Mofokeng and Siboniso Miya are on trial for kidnapping, attempted murder and dealing in drugs.

They allegedly recruited a man known as Doctor Nkosi to help smuggle 25kg of tik (methamphetamine) to Australia.

Krejcir and his co-accused allegedly then kidnapped and tortured Nkosi’s brother in an effort to locate Nkosi.

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