Gia Nicolaides, Mandy Wiener & Alex Eliseev. | about 2 hours ago
Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir was arrested at his Bedfordview home on 22 November. Picture: Sapa.
The warrant officer was taken into custody on the East Rand just after 8am this morning.
Earlier, police downplayed reports that high-level policemen would be arrested today.
Yesterday, the South Gauteng High Court granted Krejcir an order to be moved to a private hospital, finding failure to do so could lead to organ failure and cardiac arrest.
The New Age newspaper is reporting that several top police officers are expected to be arrested today for allegedly supplying Krejcir with sensitive information as well as protection from investigations.
But police spokesperson Soloman Makgale has told Eyewitness News that this is pure speculation.
POLICE MUM ON KREJCIR THREAT
Meanwhile, the police and prosecutors won’t reveal details about a threat received against Krejcirwhich saw him appear in court yesterday under heavy guard.
Judge Ramarumo Monama earlier said the critical issue is Krejcir’s health and not the torture allegations.
“The approach of the state in this matter was unfortunate because it concentrated primarily on the peripheral issues.”
The Czech businessman’s other lawyer Ulrich Roux said his client is seriously ill.
“Our client is in a serious medical condition and needs proper treatment.”
NET CLOSING IN ON KREJCIR
Meanwhile, Krejcir’s arrest comes as the Czech fugitive is fighting battles on several fronts with law enforcement authorities appearing to be closing in on him and public frustration growing.
He has been in the country for six years and was previously arrested on an Interpol red notice for using a fake passport.
Four of his associates have been killed in the past month and his Money Point shop in Bedfordview wasblown up.
The South African Revenue Service has frozen his assets and a multi-disciplinary task team has been investigating multiple underworld murders he has been linked to.
He is also due to appear in court next week to fight ongoing attempts to extradite him.
(Edited by Gia Kaplan)
"The officers are linked with Krejcir's kidnapping case only," said Hawks spokesman Paul Ramaloko.
National police spokesman Lt-Gen Solomon Makgale could only confirm one arrest made on Johannesburg's East Rand just after 8am.
"The 41-year-old officer was involved in the kidnapping and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm that Krejcir has been arrested for."
Makgale said the investigations were ongoing and the possibility of more arrests could not be ruled out.