The lawyer for former West Australian premier Brian Burke has hit out at prosecutors over a delay in the start of his client’s corruption trial.
Mr Burke, his business partner Julian Grill and a former public servant, Nathan Hondros, were due to stand trial today on charges of corruption and disclosing official information.
The charges arise from a 2007 inquiry by the Corruption and Crime Commission into the influence of lobbyists on public officals.
The start of the trial was put off to next week because the lawyers needed time to examine witness statements provided to them late last week.
Mr Burke’s lawyer said it was inappropriate that his legal team received the material so late.
However, prosecutor Bruno Fiannaca said the reasons for the delay were multifaceted and included late submissions by the defence.
All three men were released on bail.