Krejcir’s fraud charges withdrawn

2012-04-16 11:26
Fraud charges against Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir have been provisionally withdrawn in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court.

Krejcir appeared before magistrate T Carstens and the State provisionally withdrew charges, citing other high court cases that were underway.

The fraud charge against him relates to a R4.5 million claim he made to an insurance company, allegedly using medical papers stating he had cancer.

His urologist Marian Tupy previously admitted to falsifying insurance documents so Krejcir could be paid out for bladder cancer.

Outside court, State prosecutor Riegal du Toit said he filed the application because other court cases overlapped with this case. He said the accused did not recant his version, but said he should never have pleaded guilty.

“We’ll see what happens now in the high court,” said Du Toit.

Krejcir looked happy and relaxed. He was wearing a black blazer and T-shirt with jeans. He fought extradition to his home nation in 2008, where he was sentenced in absentia to six-and-a-half years for tax fraud.

He was also charged with conspiracy to murder, counterfeiting, extortion and abduction.

Last year, police “exchanged information” with Krejcir during their investigation into the murder of Teazers strip club owner Lolly Jackson, who also lived in Bedfordview, east of Johannesburg.

Both Krejcir and Jackson’s business partner Mark Andrews had claims against Jackson’s estate, which was being handled by lawyer Ian Jordaan.

A charred body, believed to be Jordaan’s, was found on top of his bakkie, next to the R59 in Brackendowns, Alberton, in September.