HOW EXACTLY did Radovan Krejcir’s Bulgarian business manager become a South African citizen?
The question was asked yesterday in the Johannesburg Commercial Crime Court, where Ivan Savov is being charged with fraud and money laundering.
Savov is the business manager of Money Point, the shop in Bedfordview where an explosive device detonated last week, killing two people. Savov was arrested later at the scene.
Prosecutor Richard Tshabalala asked the court for a postponement of Savov’s bail application because the magistrate who was supposed to hear the matter was off sick.
He also indicated the State was waiting for a response from Home Affairs on how Savov had obtained a South African identity document, how he had entered the country and what his movements in the country were.
Defence attorney Piet du Plessis was unhappy, saying they were ready to proceed with the bail application. “This matter arose in February. It is clear from the charge sheet the State must have been aware this applicant was involved, although innocently so, since then,” said Du Plessis.
He said a request for a Bulgarian interpreter had also been made, even though Savov could speak English, in case there were legal technicalities that arose during the case.
Tshabalala indicated on Monday that Savov and a bank employee, Vuyolwethu Vuyo Koboka, as well as Jan Charvat – one of the men killed in the blast – had allegedly fraudulently transferred money from an account at Absa Bank.
According to an affidavit written by the investigating officer, Humbelani Jonathan Makhado, a warrant officer at the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Koboka was employed at the Maponya Mall Absa branch.
The affidavit said Bloemfontein Correctional Contracts (BCC) was an Absa client and that between January 26 and February 2 this year, “the applicant processed withdrawals and transfers from the account of BCC to the total amount of R12.8 million. BCC neither authorised or performed the transactions and suffered an actual loss of R1.7 million as a result of the fraudulent activity.”
The transactions include two transfers to an account held by a firm of attorneys trading under Faber Goertz Ellis Austin Inc, the affidavit read. It said the firm’s director said they had received the money on Savov’s behalf.
The money purported to be for the purchase of gold commodities in a transaction between Scara Technologies and Charvat.
Du Plessis said that when it became clear the money was unlawfully transferred, Savov assisted the investigation and the money was paid back.
It was arranged that Savov remain at Johannesburg Central police station till the bail application, which is set to take place on Friday.
By Angelique Serrao
20/11/13 Early Edition