Krejcir's application for leave to appeal moved to April

24 February 2016 - 16:43 By S'duduzo Dludla

Applications by convicted Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and his five co-accused for leave to appeal against their sentences and convictions had a flat start as some of their attorneys asked for a postponement to have more time to prepare for the case. This follows their sentencing on Tuesday for kidnapping‚ attempted murder and assault and for attempting to deal in drugs.Krejcir and businessman Desai Lupondo received 35 years while taxi boss Siboniso Miya and former Hawks Warrant Officers Samuel “Saddam” Maruping‚ Jeff Nthoroane and Lefu Jan Mofokeng received 15 years each.Krejcir’s newly appointed lawyer SW Van Der Merwe and Lupondo's legal counsel asked Judge Colin Lamont to postpone the matter as they needed time to prepare for the application.Krejcir did not have legal representation during the sentencing proceedings.It was only advocate Johan Spangenberg‚ the lawyer for accused three to six ¬- Miya‚ Nthoroane‚ Mofokeng and Maruping - who was ready to proceed.Prosecutor Louis Mashiane agreed to the postponement and the matter was postponed to next term‚ which starts in the last two weeks of April‚ when Lamont would be available to preside over the application.Outside the court a relative of Nthoroane‚ who asked not to be named‚ said he was not happy with the delay and complained that the 15 years his relative received for kidnapping and assault was too much."I don't know the law‚ but 15 years seems a long time for kidnapping. The other two's (Krejcir and Lupondo) sentence seems appropriate‚ they were found guilty on three counts‚ one being dealing in drugs‚” he said.TMG Digital/TMG Courts and Law

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