- Convicted underworld boss Radovan Krejcír has threatened to escape custody and embarrass the state if he is refused passage home
- Krejcír demands that the government extradite him back to the Czech Republic, lest they wish for him to escape the South African prison he currently inhabits
- These demands are detailed in a letter sent through the crime-lord's attorneys, writing to former Justice Minister Michael Masutha
It seems as if Radovan Krejcír is feeling homesick, sending an ultimatum to authorities: send me home or I'll escape.
The convicted crime boss is demanding that the state posts him back to the Czech Republic, or brace themselves for the possibility that he could escape and 'severely embarrass' the country in the process, reports News24.
In a letter addressed to Michael Masutha, former justice minister, Krejcír's attorneys claim that:
“Another unfortunate reality is that, for as long as Mr Krejcír is incarcerated in a South African prison with no imminent hope of parole, he will remain a high-risk candidate for escape. Should this event materialise, government will undoubtedly be severely embarrassed."
The letter rationalises the ultimatum by claiming that Krejcír's immediate extradition will permanently remove this threat, along with the 'burden' of having a crime boss and 'the most dangerous criminal' in South Africa.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the crime boss was sentenced to 35 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping and torture of Bheki Lukhele, whose brother had disappeared with illegal substances he had meant to help Krejcír ship to Australia.
In the letter to the ex-minister, Krejcír's lawyers claim their client's detention and incarceration had set the government back by around R200 million:
“We are reliably informed that Mr Krejcír has been a huge financial burden and drain on the fiscus. It is reported that, so far, his detention and incarceration have cost the South African taxpayers almost R200 million. If true, it is completely unjustified and irrational to spend such an amount of money on one prisoner who is a foreign national for that matter."
This letter comes after the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court ruled that the underworld boss could be extradited back to the Czech Republic.
Czech Republic officials have been trying to have Krejcír extradited since 2007, in order to face charges including conspiracy to commit fraud, murder, tax evasion and credit fraud, all of which he had been tried and convicted for in absentia.
However, Krejcír and three others are facing trial for the 2013 murder of Sam Issa, a Lebanese drug dealer, as well as, conspiracy to murder forensic investigator, Paul O'Sullivan, and ex-crime intelligence operative, Nkosana Ximba.
The accused have claimed that the evidence against them was fabricated by senior police officials and that they had been tortured upon their arrest. Evidence obtained through illegal means is not admissible in court and the IPID is currently investigating the claims.
Singabakho Nxumalo, spokesperson for correctional services, confirmed that the department had received the letter, but revealed that South Africa does not have an extradition treaty with the Czech Republic.
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