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More Krejcir-linked suspects face the music

Publish date: 16 January 2014
Issue Number: 3432
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: In Court

Two more men with alleged links to Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir appeared in court yesterday, notes a report in The Times.

Siboniso Miya (32) appeared in the Palm Ridge Regional Court on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping of an East Rand businessman in a failed drug deal. Miya is the fifth accused in the case, alongside Krejcir, Desai Luphondo, and Hawks warrant officers Samuel 'Saddam' Maropeng and Jeff Nthoroane. Also yesterday, Owen Serero (32) appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on nine charges of vehicle hijacking. The two men, together with Jacob Nare (28) and Zodumiso Biyela, also face charges relating to an alleged plot to shoot dead police Crime Intelligence officer Colonel Nkosana 'Killer' Ximba and private forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan, both linked to investigations involving Krejcir. Miya returns to the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Monday and to the alleged murder plot case and in the Palm Ridge Regional Court on Friday next week with Krejcir and the other three accused, where he can apply for bail. Serero returns to court on Wednesday. Full report in The Times

Miya has alleged that Ximba was selling personal information for monetary gain, notes a report in The Mercury. His attorney, Saleem Ebrahim, claimed his role in the conspiracy to commit murder had been 'fabricated' to cover the alleged involvement of a senior police officer in the case. It has been learnt that one of these officers is Ximba. 'On my client's version, it appears this entire matter has been created with the sole purpose of disguising the alleged illegal conduct of this senior police official, who allegedly utilised state resources to further his own financial interests,' the statement said. 'He allegedly sold confidential information to willing buyers.' The report says it is understood this confidential information was GPS co-ordinates. Full report in The Mercury (subscription needed)