Wanted Polish man could be freed in SA

Johannesburg - A Polish man wanted in his home country for a range of crimes may evade deportation from South Africa if a Polish interpreter is not found for his court case, Beeld reported on Thursday.

Janusz Graf was arrested in Somerset West in the Western Cape in February over an expired visa and while he was at the Lindela repatriation facility near Krugersdorp in Gauteng waiting for deportation police discovered he was wanted in Poland.

He was taken into custody by an Interpol official.

He was allegedly one of Poland's most feared gangsters, with Beeld reporting that he was accused of crimes committed 14 years ago which included murder, kidnapping, and bribery.

His case had been delayed several times because an elderly Polish translator is unavailable due to medical reasons.

During a brief appearance at the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, Magistrate Abdul Khan said he was disappointed that the Polish Embassy and government were doing nothing to help.

Graf was only supposed to be detained for 18 days but two months had passed.

Khan postponed the matter for a week with the warning that if an interpreter was not found the case would be struck off the roll.

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Terrylin Backpackers 2014-08-28 09:15:58 AM
I have many guests here from Poland. I'm sure other places do as well. Just give me a call.
Jacob Zumaasak 2014-08-28 09:16:22 AM
Best place for criminals to be, South Africa , the ANC attracts criminals and not investors hahaha
Mo 2014-08-28 09:22:19 AM
South Africa - Land of the free criminals. Lovely.
Beaulah Fortuin 2014-08-28 09:24:27 AM
Hell man, all the criminals from the African countries are here and now Europe's dirt have joined them as well. What to do Mr President, what to do? Oh, don't worry dear, I have them tightly in my pocket.
Ria Cook 2014-08-28 09:36:11 AM
Why not get Radavan Krejcer to translate? He knows the criminal lingo very well ....
Marc Anthony Webb 2014-08-28 09:46:14 AM
Plain and simple kick him out he is a criminal in his homeland Poland...This just goes to show the haven SA has become for top criminals because they know our laws are easy to exploit with a Govt who has its eyes on the Gravy Trough...One also has to ask the question if this crimianl happens to take someones life in our country will he have more rights???
Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg 2014-08-28 09:49:54 AM
Strange how these people, once caught, can suddenly not speak English.
Stephen AndKathy Whiteley 2014-08-28 09:56:26 AM
Surely the Polish Embassy could serve, or are they corrupt as well? s
Monika Human Wbff Pro 2014-08-28 10:25:42 AM
I am a polish translator. I am more than happy to help !!!
Avhashoni Tshatsinde 2014-08-28 10:36:07 AM
They can also ask Janus Walusz to interpret