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2016-02-24 10:05

Lauren Hess, News24

Get the latest as Radovan Krejcir and his co-accused appeal their convictions and sentences.

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Krejcir's lawyer needs power of attorney to continue with representing him. He had told the court that he didn't have the papers signed by Krejcir yet and that there was a colonel who had the papers with him.

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Krejcir has a new attorney. Again. His name is S W van der Merwe.

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None of the defence attorneys were ready to proceed with the appeal today. Judge adjourns for 15 minutes to reach agreement when all are ready and to set a date.

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Lawyers for the accused address the court.

Co-accused Samuel Modise Maropeng, Jan Lefu Mofokeng and George Jeff Nthoroane were sentenced to an effective 15 years in jail. Taxi owner Siboniso Miya was sentenced to 15 years in jail. Sandton businessman Desai Lupondo was also sentenced to 35 years behind bars just like Krejcir.


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Again, security in court was very stringent.

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Convicted drug dealer, Radovan Krejcir, and his five co-accused were on Wednesday expected back in the High Court in Johannesburg where they would appeal their convictions and sentences.

Krejcir and Sandton businessman, Desai Lupondo, were sentenced to an effective 35 years in prison for the intent to deal drugs, kidnapping as well as attempted murder.

This was related to Krejcir's allegedly ordering the kidnap and torture of Bheki Lukhele, whose brother, Doctor, had apparently disappeared with 25kg of tik.

During the trial, it was revealed that Lukhele had had boiling water poured over his head and was asked by Krejcir whether he wanted to "die like a soldier".

The court heard that Krejcir had received the drugs from Lupondo. He allegedly made an agreement with Doctor to export the drugs to Australia. Doctor worked at a cargo company at OR Tambo International Airport.

The drugs were never found, leaving the State unable to analyse their content.Krejcir the 'mastermind'Delivering the sentence, Judge Colin Lamont identified Krejcir as the "mastermind" in the entire matter.

"The evidence established that he was the mastermind, commonly referred to as 'The Boss'," he said.

Taxi owner Siboniso Miya was sentenced to 15 years in jail. He had been handed a 15 year sentence for attempted murder and another 15 for kidnapping, but unlike Krejcir and Lupondo, he was only found guilty of attempted drug dealing, which got him a 12-year sentence.

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