Court relaxes bail conditions for Gaston Savoi

2011-06-23 00:00

CORRUPTION accused Gaston Savoi and his associate, Fernando Praderi, were granted a court order yesterday that relaxes their bail conditions to enable them to fly to Angola next month on business.

Savoi is among 15 individuals and four companies facing charges in the regional court of tender fraud and corruption arising from allegations that his company, Intaka Holdings (Pty) Ltd, supplied water purification and oxygen plants to provincial hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal at inflated prices.

The Uruguayan businessman and several of his co-accused also face similar allegations in Northern Cape.

Pietermaritzburg Regional Court magistrate Chris van Vuuren yesterday granted an order in his chambers authorising Savoi to fly to Angola on July 4 and return on July 8, and for Praderi to depart on July 4 and return on July 31.

The relaxation of the bail conditions was not opposed by the prosecution.

In a supporting affidavit Savoi said the trip is essential for the survival and growth of Intaka Holdings, which is involved in supplying water purification plants in Angola.

He said there is no risk attached to him being allowed to travel to Angola as he had known about the investigation against him four-and-half years ago.

Even though he travelled extensively to different countries during that time, he has chosen to return to and remain in South Africa.

Savoi and his co-accused are due to appear in court again on August 1.

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