Krejcir plot ‘targeted key cops

Graeme Hosken

SEVERAL senior police officers investigating Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and some of his alleged victims are believed to have been targets of deadly murder plots.

Sophisticated computer surveillance software and encrypted iPhones and iPads confiscated from four suspected hitmen last week allegedly contain detailed information of at least 10 officers from a specialised team investigating Krejcir who are meant to be wiped out.

The information retrieved from Siboniso Miya, 32, Jacob Nare, 28, Owen Serero, 32, and his girlfriend, Zodumiso Biyele, 23, is believed to be key to uncovering the mastermind of a foiled murder plot.

The four appeared in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court yesterday on several charges relating to the planned execution of police crime intelligence officer Colonel Nkosana “Killer” Ximba and private forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan.

They are facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with aggravated circumstances, vehicle theft and the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

They were arrested following a dramatic raid at the Rivonia Road Lodge in Johannesburg hours before they were allegedly going to gun down Ximba and O’Sullivan. A crime intelligence source said the planning of the executions allegedly began last month.

Krejcir made several court appearances last month for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping and attempted murder of a brother of one of his business associates.

“The programmes on the phones and computers which were confiscated are highly sophisticated … not available to just anyone … they allow you to trace people to within a few metres of their location.

“This software, in the wrong hands, can be deadly … we understand that there are other investigators’ names and details on this equipment. We are trying to uncover this information,” the officer said.

O’Sullivan, who described Biyele as the “facilitator”, said information he had indicated that several of the four had previously done work for Krejcir. “They have been in telephone contact with Krejcir while he [was] in prison over the past few weeks.

“The phones and computer devices were programmed with sophisticated software, available only to law enforcement agencies,” he said. “The only way they could have got this is from crooked cops.”

Krejcir, who is in a Pretoria prison hospital, and his co-accused were arrested in November for the alleged kidnapping, assault and attempted murder of Krejcir’s business associate’s brother. The man was allegedly kidnapped and tortured after the associate apparently stole 25kg of tik from Krejcir which he was supposed to have smuggled to Australia in June.

Miya will also appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court later this month alongside Krejcir and his co- accused Desai Luphondo, and Hawks warrant officers Samuel “Saddam” Maropeng and Jeff Nthoroane.

Miya was arrested on Thursday at a Sandton restaurant hours before police caught Biyele and Serero at the Rivonia Road Lodge. Nare was arrested on Saturday in Johannesburg.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube said the NPA was conducting a risk assessment ahead of the accuseds’ bail application. The four will appear in court again on Monday.

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