State mobilizes team of medical experts to examine Angelo Agrizzi

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Angelo Agrizzi, former COO of Bosasa, appearing at Palm Ridge Magistrates Court in Johannesburg last October. Photo: Gallo Images

  • Angelo Agrizzi has given up asking the court to review the delay in his fraud case.
  • His fraud case was back in court on Friday, where he was, again, a non-presenter.
  • The case was adjourned to May 18 to set a hearing date.

Former Bosasa COO turned whistleblower Angelo Agrizzi backed out of asking the courts to review the delay in his fraud case after the state appointed a doctor to examine him.

The case was back in Palm Ridge Commercial Crimes Specialty Court on Friday, where the state said it had obtained a team of medical experts to examine Agrizzi.

Agrizzi has not set foot in court since 2020, citing health issues.

His legal team intended to argue an application under Section 342A of the Criminal Procedure Act regarding the unreasonable delay in appointing a doctor to examine him. The state has since acquired the services of an independent pulmonologist.

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His lawyer, Mannie Witz, told the court that Agrizzi was undergoing plasma exchange therapy, which is used to treat various autoimmune diseases, and provided a medical certificate.

Prosecutor Arno Rossouw argued that because Agrizzi was undergoing plasma exchange therapy, it did not mean it was happening on the day of his case.

He said that in the future, Agrizzi will have to present a more detailed medical certificate to explain why he cannot appear in court.

Agrizzi and former ANC MP Vincent Smith were arrested and charged with corruption after Agrizzi allegedly offered a gratuity on Bosasa’s behalf to Smith, in return for his influence as chairman of the government’s watchdog committee. Parliament on Corrections.

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Bosasa won contracts worth just over R1 billion from the Department of Corrections between 2004 and 2007.

Smith faces additional fraud charges for alleged payments made to his company, Euroblitz, in 2015 and 2016. He also faces charges of money laundering, tax evasion and an alleged violation of the Financial Intelligence Act.

The case will be back in court on May 18, 2022 for a high court date to be set.


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