Krejcir: Send me home or I’ll escape
Mobster musters every argument he can think of - and then some more - to get himself deported to Czech Republic
Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir says it’s in SA’s “national interest” that he be extradited back to Czech Republic – and he has threatened to sue Justice Minister Michael Masutha if he doesn’t do so.
Krejcir’s lawyers have also hinted that, should he remain in custody in SA, the convicted drug smuggler and murder accused would continue trying to escape.
“Another unfortunate reality is that for as long as Mr Krejcir is incarcerated in a South African prison with no imminent hope of parole, he will remain a high-risk candidate to escape. Should this unfortunate event materialise the South African government will undoubtedly be severely embarrassed,” Krejcir’s lawyer Eric Mabuza wrote to Masutha last week.
“On the contrary, if Mr Krejcir is extradited immediately this threat will be permanently removed and so will the burden of having a ‘crime boss and the most dangerous criminal’ on our shores.”In an eight-page letter sent last week, Mabuza argues that Krejcir’s trials and incarceration have already reportedly cost South African taxpayers R200m. It was “inexplicable” that Masutha had not acted on a March court order that he be surrendered for extradition.
“To put it bluntly, it is rather odd that, four months later, after the court judgment, the honourable minister has still not implemented the extradition request. His failure and/or delay to do so boggles the mind in the circumstances.
“We submit, with respect, that it is first and foremost in the interests of justice as well as in our national interest to have Mr Krejcir extradited to his native country without further delay.
“He now no longer wishes to appeal, challenge or resist the request for his extradition. He is willing to serve the 15-year term of imprisonment imposed on him by the authorities in the Czech Republic, as well as to face the new charges therein,” Mabuza states.
The Czech Republic has been trying since 2007 to ensure Krejcir is extradited to face charges of criminal conspiracy to commit fraud and murder, tax evasion, credit fraud and committing an offence of deprivation of personal freedom and blackmail.
In all of these cases Krejcir was found guilty and sentenced in his absence. It has been reported that, should he be extradited back to the Czech Republic, he can be retried on these charges.
Krejcir is serving a 35-year sentence for drug dealing and attempted murder, although he is on trial for a number of other charges. He stands accused of the murder of suspected Bedfordview drug kingpin Sam Issa, and conspiracy to kill forensic consultant Paul O’Sullivan and a high-ranking police officer, Colonel Nkosana Ximba.“We are reliably informed that Mr Krejcir has been a huge financial burden and drain on the fiscus,” Mabuza wrote to Masutha.
“It is reported that so far his detention and incarceration have cost the South African taxpayers almost R200m. If true, it is completely unjustified and irrational to spend such an amount of money on one prisoner who is a foreign national for that matter and is in any event wanted in his country.
“The costs incurred or to be incurred by the state to secure his attendance for his ongoing criminal trials, including his medical costs, are also likely not to be insignificant.”
He added that, because Krejcir’s wife and two sons had been “illegally deported”, he had no family left in SA.
“It will amount to inhumane treatment and not in keeping with the Nelson Mandela Rules on the treatment of prisoners to continue to have Mr Krejcir imprisoned in South Africa where he has no family to visit him.
“In the totality of the circumstances and having supported the request by the Czech Republic for the extradition of Mr Krejcir, the honourable minister can now not refuse and/or delay his immediate extradition,” Mabuza wrote.
Masutha’s office told Times Select that the minister had “noted” Mabuza’s letter and awaited Krejcir’s court application.