- Former BOSASA COO Angelo Agrizzi was sent to a hospital on Thursday, one day after he had been taken to jail
- His lawyers are concerned about his health and how safe he will be in a public hospital
- He tested negative for COVID-19 and his condition is currently stable, despite being in a state of distress
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Former BOSASA Chief Operating Officer Angelo Agrizzi was admitted to a public hospital on Thursday, just one day after he had been taken to jail awaiting trial on corruption charges. His lawyers are now concerned about his health and safety in a public hospital.
Agrizzi has been moved from an acute ward to another ward for closer observation at an unknown public hospital in Johannesburg. He tested negative for COVID-19.
Daniel Witz, Agrizzi's lawyer said: "Once he was transferred, he was in considerable distress."
Agrizzi's condition has since been described as stable. He was denied bail on Wednesday, being deemed as a flight risk. Before going to jail, Agrizzi had said that he is in poor health expressing his concern over the state of prisons in South Africa.
The former BOSASA boss faces charges which are related to four tenders that were awarded to BOSASA valued at over R1.8 billion. The contracts contained agreements on catering, training services, fencing and the installation of CCTV cameras.
The court case has been postponed to 26 November 2020.
In other news, Briefly.co.za previously reported that Angelo Agrizzi appealed his bail ruling, lamenting poor health and the state of jail. 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.
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