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19 April 2016
Radovan Krejcir is due back in court on today where he will appeal both his conviction and 35-year sentence.
Krejcir and his five co-accused were last year convicted for attempted murder, kidnapping and dealing in drugs.
The group includes three former Hawks warrant officers, Samuel Maruping‚ Jeff Nthoroane and Lefu Jan Mofokeng, businessman Desai Lupondo as well as taxi boss Siboniso Miya.
The charges relate to a multimillion rand drug deal gone wrong.
Krejcir and his associates kidnapped and tortured Bheki Lukhele in November 2013.
It was alleged Lukhele’s brother had 'disappeared' with drugs weighing 25 kilograms, a stash that was said to have belonged to Krejcir.
Krejcir, however, maintains that the state failed to call an expert to prove the existence of the drugs and thereby did not produce the necessary, concrete evidence of the charges against him.
He also claims he never knew what the package in question contained.