The controversial Bailing Project is about to come into the spotlight once more with a new trial.
The trial, set to be launched next week, will be used to determine whether or not a former Victorian politician who has spent his life in prison over his drug conviction is guilty of serious charges.
Former Victorian politician Anthony Burchfield is expected to be found guilty of all the serious charges against him.
The former minister for public safety and justice, who was convicted of importing and possessing cocaine and methamphetamine in 2013, was arrested at a Melbourne property in September 2014.
In a statement to the ABC, Mr Burchfields lawyer said his client has not been given a fair trial.
“Anthony Burch is innocent until proven guilty.
The Government will not allow this trial to be used as a vehicle to impose its political vendetta,” he said.
Mr Burchfeld’s lawyer also said he believed the Government could be able to avoid the trial by offering him a “good faith” plea bargain, which would give him a reduced sentence.
“I’m not sure what the Government would be able, or indeed, willing, to offer Anthony if he had to go to trial,” Mr Bamber said.
“We would like to see the government work with Anthony to find a fair and reasonable way forward to his release.”
But it’s clear that the Government will have to do more than a fair plea bargain if it wants to get Anthony released.
“He’s been on the run for a long time, he’s been involved in many illegal activities.”
In the ABC’s Inside Story, Mr Kavanagh said Mr Bauchfield had not been told about the trial, and that the judge had been given only a brief summary of the case.
“If the judge gives you the brief, you have no way of knowing what the case will be,” he told the ABC.
Mr Kavanaghs office is located at 795 Richmond St, Sydney, which is about 10 kilometres from the Melbourne courthouse.
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