Judge re­jects Rus­sian plot

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

RUS­SIAN author­i­ties have been ac­cused of med­dling in the court case of an al­leged fake Townsville doc­tor now liv­ing "in fear” on the Gold Coast.

Vin­cent Berg has been com­mit­ted for trial on 24 charges in­clud­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm and us­ing forged qual­i­fi­ca­tions to gain med­i­cal work for Queens­land Health, in­clud­ing at Townsville Hos­pi­tal, from 1999 to 2002.

Berg’s lawyers yes­ter­day sought to have the South­port District Court trial stayed, as­sert­ing he was a po­lit­i­cal refugee and that Rus­sian of­fi­cials were sup­port­ing the pros­e­cu­tion “be­cause of a po­lit­i­cal agenda”.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Adrian Don­ald­son said Berg said key Rus­sian wit­nesses for the Crown were gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. But the court was told Berg had gone back to Rus­sia twice and had him­self pro­vided his de­tails to Rus­sian author­i­ties.

Judge David Kent, QC, noted “the KGB hasn’t come over here to col­lect him and to take him to Rus­sia”. He re­fused to stay the trial set for later this month.

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