26 Nov 2013

Claim of torture in prison by Czech businessman

9:39 am on 26 November 2013

A court in South Africa has ordered that a Czech businessman accused of links to organised crime be moved from prison to hospital after claims he had been tortured by police with a taser gun.

Radovan Krejcir was arrested on Friday at his home in Johannesburg on a charge of kidnap and assault.

His lawyers filed a court application, saying he needed medical attention and risked kidney failure.

The High Court in Johannesburg ordered that Mr Krejcir be transferred to hospital after his doctor testified that his injuries were consistent with those of someone who had been assaulted.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate has begun an investigation.

The BBC reports Mr Krejcir is challenging attempts to extradite him to the Czech Republic, where he was convicted in absentia last year on tax fraud charges.

He moved to South Africa in 2007.

A number of his associates have reportedly been killed in separate incidents in recent months.