Schabir Shaik mum on request for parole change

Shaik refuses to go into details about his request to convert his medical parole to normal parole.

FILE: Convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik has refused to go into detail about his request to convert his medical parole to normal parole.

Shaik was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of fraud and corruption but he was released on medical parole in 2009.

It's unclear at this stage how long the Correctional Services Department will take to consider his request while maintaining that it is unprecedented.

Medical parole implies that the offender is terminally ill and Shaik has been on medical parole since 2009 and now wants it converted to normal parole.

Correctional Services has emphasised that there is no legal provision for this, but it is looking into the matter.

Attorney Julian Knight however said an amendment to the Act in 2011 may make the fraudster's request difficult to grant.

"The fact that your medical condition improved isn't grounds for cancellation of medical parole. When they did the amendment they might have had him in mind."

When contacted by Eyewitness News, Shaik said he would not comment on the matter at this stage.