Radovan Krejcir’s murder trial has come to a grinding halt after his lawyer withdrew his services on Monday while the Czech fugitive was still struggling to pay his legal fees.
Krejcir appeared in the high court in Joburg for the alleged 2013 murder of suspected Bedfordview drug kingpin Sam Issa.
While the court seemed to be ready to start his trial, his lawyer, Cliff Alexander, immediately asked presiding Judge Mihloti Msimeki for permission to withdraw from the case.
While Alexander told the court it would not be proper to give his reasoning, he was not as coy during Krejcir’s extradition hearing in Kempton Park last week.
On that day, he told the court he had not been paid and that unless he was, he would no longer be able to represent the Czech national.
On Monday, it was Krejcir himself who confirmed the finance issues, saying his family were still requesting “statements” from Alexander before they would continue paying him.
Last week, sources close to the case told The Star that while Krejcir’s mother, Nadezda Krejcirova, helped pay his legal fees thus far, she had chosen to no longer financially support her son in the courts. Krejcirova was initially responsible for providing the R500 000 bail money for his fraud case in 2012.
Krejcir told the court that if his family were unwilling to pay, he did have another option.
While Judge Msimeki initially wished to postpone the case to an earlier date, he ultimately allowed Krejcir until July 20 to resolve the issue.