Savoi to apply for relaxed bail conditions again

2011-10-14 00:00

CORRUPTION accused Gaston Savoi (58) will bring another application in the regional court today for a relaxation of his bail conditions to enable him to travel to Germany, Argentina and Brazil on business.

Savoi succeeded in a similar application in June when he applied to the court to be allowed to visit Angola, but complained that he was maliciously prevented from doing so under threat of arrest, despite the court order.

In an affidavit Savoi declares that while representatives of the state in KZN have largely been “reasonable” concerning issues of bail (apart from an earlier “ill-conceived application” to cancel bail), the same cannot be said of the Director of Public Prosecutions in the Northern Cape as well as the investigating officer in that province (a Lieutenant-Colonel Perumal) and Colonel Clarence Jones in KZN.

He alleges that they acted “unlawfully, unreasonably and obstructively” by first opposing his application to travel to Angola and later — after the court had granted permission — threatening to arrest him if he did so.

Savoi maintains he has demonstrated he is not a flight risk. He was given permission in October 2010 to travel to Paris for the Global Pharmaceutical Fair, which will be held in Frankfurt from October 25 to 27. He said he enjoyed a successful trip to Paris.

He maintains his presence is vital at the fair in Frankfurt, which is the main global showcase for the pharmaceutical industry, and that he needs to travel to Argentina and Brazil immediately after the fair because his most important customers are in these countries.

He points out that no trial dates have been set in any of his cases and submits it will be a long time before they are concluded.

In the interim, he submits, he is entitled to pursue his business interests and that it is important because he has to fund his legal representation to defend himself against complex charges.

Savoi is one of several high-profile accused facing 54 counts of racketeering, fraud, corruption, money-laundering and contravening the finance management act.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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