Court allows fraud-accused Savoi to travel

2011-10-20 17:09

Pietermaritzburg - The Pietermaritzburg Regional Court has given Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi permission to travel to Germany, despite his bail conditions.

Magistrate Chris van Vuuren gave Savoi the go-ahead on Thursday morning, after declaring he was not a flight risk.

This meant Savoi would be able attend a global pharmaceutical fair in Frankfurt later this month, and travel to Argentina and Brazil.

He is charged alongside a string of political and business figures from KwaZulu-Natal with corruption, fraud and money laundering.

These relate to the sale of water purification plants to the KwaZulu-Natal health department, allegedly at inflated prices.

He was previously granted R200 000 bail.

At an earlier court appearance State prosecutor Nomvula Mokhatla argued that Savoi could escape if presented with the opportunity.

Van Vuuren said the State had failed to produce compelling evidence that the interests of justice and society would not be served in granting Savoi permission to travel.

Savoi was scheduled to return to South Africa by November 13.

  • George - 2011-10-20 17:15

    Goodbye Savoi. If i were you i would never come back here. Fly little birdie, fly to freedom. Otherwise if found guilty you will be turned into someone's else wife in prison.

  • Mark - 2011-10-20 17:33

    Yes, goodbye Comrade Criminal.

  • Bokfan - 2011-10-20 17:49

    Totsiens. With him gone the case against the rest will also be dropped. Menzi Simelane strikes again.

  • Derek - 2011-10-20 17:57

    This guy is gone,never to return. Again proof our legal system favours criminals.

  • Atholl - 2011-10-20 18:49

    nice ... this is a 6 billion to 1 masterplan. 6 billion ppl in the world ... after Nov 13 'the prosecutor' will be trying to find 1 person among 6 bil ... But ... then again ... .... there is still one remaining soul .... the 'accountable one' the lawyer who motivated and deceived the court .... no problem at all, the magistrate should then put the 'lawyer' in the witness box on charges of defeating the ends of justice ?? ... are there any bookies available ... ... odds 6bil-1 ...Savoi - no see - no smell - no touch ... never again?

  • Robin - 2011-10-20 19:23

    Sounds like a bit of gravy on the side or the state has no case..or must be real good water? haha

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