Seven suspects — including former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi — have been charged with corruption, money-laundering and fraud to the value of R1.6bn Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi has confirmed that five of the suspects will appear in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Pretoria on Wednesday morning. BusinessLIVE understands that Agrizzi is among those arrested, but Mulaudzi declined to confirm. He said that the charges relate to a 2009 Special Investigating Unit report on correctional services. BusinessLIVE has learnt the suspects include former correctional services bosses Linda Mti, Patrick Gillingham, and other Bosasa employees. It is understood that authorities are still searching for Mti. “It is alleged that the officials received and accepted gifts in the form of cash. They also allegedly received financial assistance in acquiring properties, acquiring motor vehicles from dealers, other assets and payments to travel agents for overseas travel,” Mulaudzi said.

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