16th October 2020
On Thursday evening, Correctional Services confirmed that former Bosasa CEO Angelo Agrizzi had been transferred to an external public hospital from prison.
This comes after Agrizzi was denied bail for failing to disclose offshore investments and was due to spend time in prison.
Agrizzi's lawyer, Mannie Witz, said that his client would not have been sent to the hospital had the court took these concerns about his client's serious medical condition into account before deciding to send him to jail.
On Wednesday, Agrizzi walked into his court appearance with an oxygen tank and his lawyers explained to the court that he had been hospitalized in recent months due to issues with his health.
The State argued that Agrizzi was a flight risk since he and his wife were transferring and purchasing assets overseas since 2018, raising suspicions on whether he planned to flee the country.
Meanwhile, Agrizzi's lawyers have again approached the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in a bid to have him freed.
The main court proceedings in the corruption case against former Correctional Services' public officials and the Bosasa executives have been postponed to November 26, due to Agrizzi's hospitalization.
While Agrizzi did not make an appearance in court on Friday, co-accused former Correctional Services Commissioner, Linda Mti, CFO, Patrick Gillingham, and former-Bosasa CFO Andries van Tonder all made appearances.
The group faces multiple charges relating to money laundering, corruption, fraud, and conspiracy to commit fraud.