Radovan Krejcir, a Czech criminal fugitive was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment by a South African court. He was born on 4th November 1968, becoming rich with criminal undertakings during the 1990s and was actually at a time considered one of the richest people in the Czech Republic.
He was arrested in June 2005 after which he fled the country and resided in the Seychelles where Interpol traced him to in September 2005. Krejcir moved to South Africa in April 2007 under the false name Egbert Jules Savy but was arrested and taken into custody. Negotiations for his extradition however fell through and it was rumoured that he had bribed the necessary judge. He was actually arrested in South Africa in November of 2013 and charged with kidnapping and attempted murder.
The trial which began in May 2014, saw him convicted in August 2015 on counts of attempted murder, assault and kidnapping. The sentencing proceedings were stalled on Monday when a bomb threat was called in on a day when Mr. Krejcir represented himself. On Tuesday, he made three applications that were rejected by the High Court judge; one was for the shackles on his hands and feet to be removed. The other two were; that he be allowed to call witnesses to testify in mitigation of his sentencing and that a psychatrist, psychologist and criminologist testify about his mental, physical and emotional state.
The judge who The Star newspaper reported last week to be the target of an alleged murder plot by Krejcir, had turned down all the applications and Krejcir and his five co-accused were sentenced on Tuesday. While Krejcir and one of his co-accused, Desai Luphondo, were sentenced to 35 years in jail, the four others, including three who had been members of the elite police unit, the Hawks, were given sentences of 15 years each.
Krejcir who still faces other criminal charges, including one of the murder of a Lebanese national, is still expected back in the High Court in Johannesburg today, when he and his five co-accused would appeal their convictions and sentences.