Former Bosasa Chief Operating Officer (COO) Angelo Agrizzi will know whether or not he will be granted bail, as a decision is expected to be made in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Friday, 30 October 2020.
Agrizzi was placed behind bars on October 14, after he was denied bail. He faces corruption charges related to a number of payments made to former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Vincent Smith. He is currently out on R30 000 bail on the same case.
His health deteriorated after being in jail for merely a day and had to be transferred to a public hospital. Agrizzi’s condition then worsened and had to be taken to a private health facility.
According to his lawyer Daniel Witz, the former Bosasa COO is in an intensive care unit (ICU) and on dialysis.
It was revealed in court that Agrizzi and his common law wife Debbie, had transferred approximately R24 million to offshore accounts. He also purchased property and a luxury car in Italy – coincidentally, Agrizzi claimed to have lost his Italian passport and thus, could not hand it in, as per the normal bail conditions.
The state prosecutor in the case, Arno Rossouw said Agrizzi chose to mislead the court by not revealing he had assets abroad, which to them indicated that he was planning to flee the country.
“It is accordingly respectfully submitted that the reluctance of the appellant to take the court into his confidence in respect of his foreign assets is indicative of his intention to abscond whenever the opportunity next presents itself,” Rossouw said in his statement opposing bail.
Imaginably, Agrizzi is unhappy about the decision to grant him bail, having lashed out at the presiding judge Phillip Venter, for failing to consider his health when making the decision.
“It is respectfully submitted that in this respect that the learned regional magistrate erred in not granting Agrizzi bail together with conditions, in view of the undisputed evidence together with severe risks of comorbidities and the increasing rise of Covid-19 cases, in particular at the Johannesburg Central Prison, also known as Sun City,”Daniel Witz, Angelo Agrizzi’s lawyer
Agrizzi made a number of jaw-dropping revelations at the State Capture Inquiry in January 2019 and implicated a number of top ANC officials including Nomvula Mokonyane.