State Doctor To Check Agrizzi Fitness To Stand Trial

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Fed up with former Bosasa Chief Operations Officer (COO) Angelo Agrizzi’s multiple no-shows for his fraud case, the court has ordered that the accused be examined by a state doctor to check if he can stand trial or not.

Agrizzi’s R800 000 fraud case has been postponed several times because he said he was too ill to attend the trial.

The former Bosasa COO, who is jointly accused with former ANC MP Vincent Smith, has not appeared in court for more than nine months due to ill health.

However, during that time Agrizzi – a controversial corruption whistleblower – has appeared in a television interview adding to speculation that he might not be too ill to stand trial.

Last year in November, Agrizzi launched his book “Inside the Belly of the Beast: The Real Bosasa Story“.

On Thursday the Palm Ridge Specialised Crimes’ Court again deferred Agrizzi’s fraud case to 2 March 2022 to allow for a medical inquiry into his fitness to stand trial.

“Today, the former COO brought an application for his bail conditions to be relaxed, however, the arguments were filed and not argued in court. The state also submitted the opposing arguments,” said Sindisiwe Seboka, Investigating Directorate spokesperson.

“Agrizzi’s bail conditions remain unchanged baring the modification of his reporting to the Douglasdale Police Station from Friday 10 December 2021.”

The court issued a warrant for Agrizzi’s arrest, which is held over until his next appearance.

Agrizzi stands accused of offering bribes on behalf of Bosasa to former MP Smith in exchange for his influence, as the then chairperson of Parliament’s oversight committee on Correctional Services.

Bosasa, which has since changed its name to African Global Operations, scored contracts worth more than R1 billion from Correctional Services between 2004 and 2007.