- Angelo Agrizzi's lawyers have filed an application to appeal the court decision to deny him bail
- The former BOSASA COO's first night in prison was dramatic after he was rushed off to the hospital
- Agrizzi insists that he has poor health, lamenting he state of South African prisons
Angelo Agrizzi has opted to appeal the court ruling that he will be denied bail, citing poor health and the dismal state of SA prisons as his reasons for opting to challenge the finding.
The former BOSASA COO was rushed to hospital after spending just one evening in jail and shortly after his transfer to hospital, approaching the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in an attempt to have him released.
The application accused Magistrate Philip Venter of making a mistake when he ruled in Agrizzi's case which includes charges of corruption for allegedly making payments to former ANC MP Vincent Smith.
Smith allegedly enjoyed security cameras and an electric fence installed at his Roodepoort home courtesy of the infamous company.
Venter insists that he is satisfied that a prima facie case had been successfully been made against Agrizzi in his judgement, adding that he was convinced that Agrizzi had the means to disappear into the night and establish a 'comfortable lifestyle' if he opted to abscond.
The court heard how Agrizzi had allegedly withheld information regarding the true value of his assets with him and his wife, Deborah, moving millions offshore and into cryptocurrency accounts, reports News24.
This, in the state's view, proved that Agrizzi may well be a flight risk despite the elderly executive arguing that the state held no evidence that he would attempt to evade his trial.
Agrizzi argues that all assets that had been sold had been done through the relevant authorities including the Reserve Bank and the South African Revenue Services.
Appearing in court with a mobile oxygen unit and appearing less energetic than usual, Agrizzi's medical conditions were pointed out by his legal team who appealed for the court to reconsider:
"He failed to take into account the risks of prison life, a lack of medical facilities and the increasing rise of Covid-19 in the closed environment of the Department of Correctional Services and in particular at Johannesburg Central Prison, where he is being detained."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Agrizzi had blown the whistle on BOSASA and the plethora of alleged corruption taking place behind its doors.
Agrizzi implicated numerous senior politicians including the likes of former minister Nomvula Mokonyane.
Mokonyane has, naturally, denied the allegations and insists that Agrizzi had been attempted to destroy her reputation.
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