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15 Oct 2020
4:55 pm

Former Bosasa boss Angelo Agrizzi taken to hospital

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'All inmates are entitled to health care services in line with correctional provisions. His condition will continue to be monitored.'

File picture: Former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi appears in court. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The department of correctional services has confirmed that former Bosasa boss Angelo Agrizzi has been moved to an external public hospital for medical attention.

“All inmates are entitled to health care services in line with correctional provisions. His condition will continue to be monitored,” the department said in a statement.

The former Bosasa chief operations officer (COO) was denied bail by the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday, despite his lawyers arguing his health should be taken into account.

Agrizzi made his first appearance at the court on Wednesday having failed to show up due to illness earlier this month.

The state opposed the former COO’s bail application due to the fact that he lied under oath in his previous affidavit, according to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

The state also argued Agrizzi is a flight risk.

Agrizzi and former top ANC MP Vincent Smith appeared on Wednesday on charges of fraud and corruption.

The court judgment reads in part: “There’s a prima facie case against Agrizzi. How long will the state work to finalise investigation, because this will have an influence or justifiable to curtail accused’s liberty. Clearly there isn’t a lengthy duration of investigation to be concluded before case goes to trial.

“Should we wait and see if he absconds and then act? The court can only act on what is before me now. These risks are not based on a thumb suck,…based on a convincing opposition presented by the respondent in its application.

“The biggest headache of the NPA is extradition to South Africa to stand trial in order to account for allegations against them. I cannot add to the headache. With that said, Mr Agrizzi, your application for bail has been dismissed.”

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