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Thu Jun 30 19:32:59 SAST 2016

Krecjir's attempt to replace judge fails

Sduduzo Dludla | 22 February, 2016 14:46
Radovan Krejcir. File photo.
Image by: MOELETSI MABE

An application by convicted Czech Republic fugitive Radovan Krejcir to have Judge Colin Lamont recuse himself from the sentencing proceedings failed on Monday.

Krejcir‚ who represented himself in the Johannesburg High Court after firing his lawyer‚ said Lamont was not objective‚ and was dishonest and untruthful.

When Lamont asked for factual proof to support Krejcir's statements‚ Krejcir requested that the transcript of his trial be read in court. This was refused as Lamont dismissed the application.

Krejcir also accused Lamont of holding "secret meetings" with the police.

"You are a part of a conspiracy against me and my family‚" Krejcir told Lamont.

He also asked that his handcuffs be taken off while the trial was proceeding‚ which was also refused.

"This shows how biased you are if you do not allow me to have these chains off‚” Krejcir said.

In August‚ Krejcir was convicted of attempted murder‚ kidnapping‚ and dealing in drugs. He was involved in the kidnapping and torture of Bheki Lukhele‚ whose brother‚ Doctor‚ allegedly disappeared with 25kg of the drug tik belonging to Krejcir. Doctor worked for a cargo company at OR Tambo International Airport and Krejcir wanted his help to smuggle the drug out of the country.

The trial continues.

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