Shaik wants to leave the country for medical treatment

2015-06-02 14:52
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Cape Town - Convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik wants permission to leave the country for specialist medical treatment, acting national correctional services commissioner Zach Modise said on Tuesday.

“Mr Shaik wanted to see a doctor who is not in the Republic (of South Africa) to get treatment for his condition. He wants to obtain specialist treatment for his condition," Modise told Parliament.

Modise said the department was in the process of considering his request and should make a decision before Friday.

Shaik, who is President Jacob Zuma's former financial adviser, was convicted of fraud and corruption in 2005.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but only served two years and four months of his term before being released on medical parole because he was terminally ill. It was reported at the time that he suffered from "severe, uncontrollable hypertension".

It was reported in February that Shaik had made an application to convert his medical parole to normal parole.

But Modise said this was not the case because such an application would be unlawful.

“He actually was asking for the relaxation of his conditions,” said Modise.

The matter was referred to the parole board.

If it finds that Shaik has stuck to his parole conditions and that his behaviour has been "positive", his request for the relaxation of parole conditions could be approved, said Modise.

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