Former Bosasa executive, Angelo Agrizzi is on life support after suffering a heart attack, as confirmed by his lawyer. Agrizzi is one of the key figures facing charges of corruption in the state capture scandal.
After suffering the heart attack on Wednesday, Agrizzi was taken to a private hospital in Johannesburg – just days after he was denied bail in a case where he stands accused of paying bribes to former ANC MP Vincent Smith.
“He is obviously in a very serious condition,” Agrizzi’s lawyer, Daniel Witz, said, according to IOL.
Witz says that Agrizzi is on three different forms of life support in intensive care, including a ventilator and a dialysis machine. Agrizzi has a respiratory condition and appeared in court with a mobile oxygen tank last week.
The disgraced former executive was originally admitted to a public hospital, but Witz says he was moved to a private hospital when the public facility warned it had run out of intensive-care space and was not able to treat him properly. The Department of Correctional Services gave permission for the transfer on the condition that Agrizzi’s family fits the bill.
He was earlier denied bail because the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court consider him to be a flight risk, saying that he misrepresented his financial position and hid the fact that he holds an Italian passport. He also owns a villa in Tuscany.
Witz confirmed that Agrizzi is challenging the ruling and that the matter would be taken to the courts on Monday in his client’s absence.
Agrizzi is one of the most prominent figures in the state capture scandal and stands accused of arranging bribes to persuade Smith, the former chairman of Parliament’s portfolio committee on correctional services, in order to secure lucrative tenders for prison services.