Judge rejects Russian plot
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.