The state has requested an independent medical report on the state of health of more than 800,000 rand accused of fraud, former BOSASA director of operations Angelo Agrizzi, who left court in the past nine months due to health problems.
Investigations Directorate spokesman Sindisiwe Seboka said Agrizzi’s case of fraud of more than Rand 800,000 had been postponed to December 2 in the Palm Ridge Special Court. She said it was after Agrizzi had not appeared in court for more than 9 months, citing health concerns.
“The court has issued an arrest warrant against him, suspended until the next court appearance next month. The court, at the request of the state, will obtain the services of an independent doctor / pulmonologist, ”Seboka said.
Agrizzi is accused of offering gratuities on behalf of BOSASA to former parliamentarian Vincent Smith in return for his influence, while he was then chairman of Parliament’s oversight committee on corrections.
BOSASA signed contracts totaling just over R 1 billion with corrections between 2004 and 2007.
Meanwhile, tax evasion charges of more than R 28 million have been added to the case against Smith, which was postponed this week until January 21, 2022.
“The defense asked the state to provide them with a paginated dossier after the final indictment was handed to them today. The charges now include tax evasion, money laundering, corruption and violating the law on financial intelligence centers, ”Seboka said. The tax evasion charges stem from Smith and Euroblitz’s alleged failure to disclose taxable income totaling R 28 million between March 9, 2009 and July 11, 2018.
Smith is accused in a personal capacity as well as as a representative of his company Euroblitz 48 Pty Ltd. He was charged with bribery for alleged gratuities he received from BOSASA in the form of improvements to the security of his home in Gauteng. He also faces corruption charges after allegedly accepting gratuities from Waterfall Golf Estate (Pty) Ltd and CIDET 69 (PTY) LTD.
He also faces charges for accepting cash transferred to his personal bank account and company by BOSASA and others unknown to the state.
In addition, he faces fraud charges for failing to disclose to parliaments the Members’ Interest Register of gratuities, cash deposits and money paid to him by Waterfall Golf Estate (Pty) Ltd and CIDET 69 (PTY) LTD.