Fugitive businessman Krejcir remains in custody in South Africa

02-05-2007

A South African court has extended the custody of Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir, who is wanted by the Czech authorities, until May 17 when the court is to decide whether he can be released on bail, the Czech Ambassador to South Africa Jaroslav Siro told the CTK news agency. The Czech ambassador also confirmed that the embassy had provided a court interpreter for Mr Krejcir. Radovan Krejcir, a Seychellois citizen, is wanted in the Czech Republic for various crimes, including conspiracy to murder, money forgery, tax evasion, extortion, and abduction. He has already been sentenced in absentia to six and a half years in jail for fraud. He fled from the Czech police to the Seychelles in 2005. The South African police arrested Mr Krejcir at Johannesburg airport two weeks ago when he entered the country with a false passport.