Krejcir: Send me home or I’ll escape

05 September 2018 - 07:00 By Karyn Maughan
Radovan Krejcir's trials and incarceration have already reportedly cost South African taxpayers R200m, according to his lawyer.
Radovan Krejcir's trials and incarceration have already reportedly cost South African taxpayers R200m, according to his lawyer.
Image: ALON SKUY

Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir says it’s in South Africa’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 South Africa, 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.

Masutha’s office said the minister had “noted” Mabuza’s letter and awaited Krejcir’s court application.

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