- Former BOSASA COO Angelo Agrizzi has been battling with his health, pleading to be released on bail due to his issues
- Now, it has emerged that the corruption whistleblower has suffered a heart attack according to his lawyer
- While doctors successfully managed to resuscitate Agrizzi his condition remains very serious Former BOSASA COO
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Angelo Agrizzi has suffered from a heart attack after being admitted to hospital on Wednesday according to a recent report.
The corruption whistleblower's lawyer, Daniel Witz, has confirmed that Agrizzi had a heart attack but that doctors managed to resuscitate and stabilise him.
Witz warned that his client remains in a 'very serious condition' on Thursday in a Johannesburg hospital.
TimesLIVE reported that Debbie Agrizzi, Agrizzi's wife, had revealed that the former BOSASA executive was in a critical condition at a private hospital after suffering from a heart attack on Wednesday morning:
"He is currently in critical condition. He has thus far been placed on three different forms of life support. We have been informed that he is currently on an internal ventilator."
Debbie also told the publication that Agrizzi has been placed on dialysis due to his kidneys failing.
News24 reports that Witz had confirmed receiving a call from the Correctional Services Department last week when Agrizzi had been rushed to hospital after being denied bail:
"The treating doctor at the public hospital advised them that he needs to be transported to an ICU/ high care facility as a matter of urgency because his condition was worsening and they didn't have the facilities to treat him."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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.
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.
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