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By Tribune reporters
In a move that could bring the murky world around Czech billionaire Radovan Krejcir into the cold light of legal scrutiny, gold refiner Juan Meyer is to institute legal action against Gauteng police intelligence chief Major-General Joey Mabasa.
Meyer's legal adviser, Charles Joubert, said although charges had to be finalised, the claims would include intimidation and wrongful arrest.
Alleged irregularities in the relationship between Krejcir, who is fighting extradition to his native Czech Republic, and Mabasa are highlighted in the O'Sullivan Dossier compiled by Jackie Selebi whistleblower Paul O'Sullivan.
Meyer's lawsuit follows an incident this week in which he was detained by police at Joburg's O R Tambo airport, on his return from a business trip to Zimbabwe, and warned to present himself at Garsfontein police station in connection with an outstanding warrant of arrest that, it turned out, had been cancelled four years ago, in 2006.
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Meyer says this was the latest in a series of intimidating acts allegedly arising out of a business association with Krejcir that turned sour.
Meyer plans in his court application to name Mabasa chief respondent, along with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and commissioner General Bheki Cele in their official capacities.
Meyer's business dealings with Krejcir are outlined in a signed affidavit included in the dossier. Joubert confirmed the affidavit would form part of the court action.
Meyer says he was introduced to Krejcir as a potential investor in his gold-refining business. Krejcir claimed to have €400-million to invest, but in August 2009, when the first instalment of R5m cash and the euro equivalent of R100m overseas was due, he could not deliver.
Meyer then set an ultimatum for payment. Shortly afterwards, he was called to a meeting on the premise that the outstanding amount would be paid within 24 hours.
But proceedings were interrupted when a group of uniformed police arrived to arrest Meyer - for allegedly pointing a firearm. In due course, the case was thrown out of court.
Weeks later, after yet another meeting was set up with Krejcir, five plain-clothes policemen swooped, apparently identifying themselves as operatives of Crime Intelligence.
They arrested Meyer for "intimidation" - claiming Meyer had asked Krejcir to bring in a hitman to take out a former business associate.
In May, Meyer was arrested for transporting 30kg of just-melted gold between his factory on the West Rand and a buyer's office on the East Rand.
Although the investigating officer confirmed that, as a licensed dealer, Meyer had a right to transport gold, the case will go to court in October.
Meyer also alleges Mabasa was present at business meetings with Krejcir and at two of these, bags of money were passed to Mabasa.