CZECH RADOVAN KREJCIR GETS 35 YEARS JAIL BY SOUTH AFRICAN COURT

Convicted Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir has been sentenced to 35 years’ JAIL for kidnapping, drug dealing and attempted murder.

Judge Colin Lamont passed the sentence at the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

“The following punishment is referred to each accused and each count and each particular period of Radovan Krejcir. Count 1, 25 years imprisonment. Count 2, 15 years. Count 3, 15 years. 10 years of each of Counts 2 and 3 shall be served concurrently with the sentence imposed on Count 1. The effective period of imprisonment is accordingly 35 years.”

Krejcir had earlier argued that he deserved a lesser sentence as he had already served two years while being treated for chronic depression and anxiety. He added that he wanted to be able to see his children in the Czech Republic again.

Judge Lamont also handed down sentences to his co-accused.

“Accused No. 2, Count 1, 25 years imprisonment. Count 2, 15 years. Count 3, 15 years. 10 years of each of Counts 2 and 3 shall be served concurrently with the sentence imposed on Count 1. The effective period of imprisonment is accordingly 35 years. Accused 3, Count 2, 15 years. Count 3, 15 years,” the judge declared.

“The period imposed on Count 3 shall in its totality be served concurrently with the period of imprisonment imposed on Count 2. The effective period of imprisonment is accordingly 15 years.”

The State had asked the court to sentence the convicted Czech fugitive and two of his five co-accused to an effective 28 years in prison.

Prosecutor Louis Mashiane had argued that suspended sentences and correctional supervision would not be adequate as the men were convicted of serious crimes. He had claimed that the fact that all six denied committing the crimes showed they were not remorseful for their actions, and would need rehabilitation programmes before they could be brought back into society.

Mashiane had also requested for the court to rule that none of the convicted men be allowed to possess firearms licences. He had proposed that the men receive sentences of 15 years for drug dealing, five years for kidnapping and a further eight years for attempted murder.

They were convicted in 2015.

Source: SABC