The story is, quite literally, unbelievable.
Essentially, a government lawyer has now admitted that he filed a verifiably false written affidavit previously, in Supreme Court, that stated that they (i.e. the 'government') were NOT in possession of detailed billing information about Robert Virk's Railgate lawyer's fees.
The government lawyer concerned, Mr. Richard Butler, filed yet another affidavit in court yesterday that says that the previous affidavit is null and void because the government (i.e. Mr. Butler himself) is, indeed, in possesion of such billing information (information, by the way, that is critical to the A-G's investigation into the $6 million pay-off to Mess'rs Basi and Virk).
And why was the previously filed affidavit filled with lies?
Well, according to Mr. Butler it was all caused by some kind of weirdly inexplicable sloppiness on his part because he kinda/sorta must have known that he had something that he thought was nothing because he knew it was there but didn't know what it was or some such bizarre thing.
Mark Hume, in The Globe, has the story:
...Last year Mr. Butler filed an affidavit with court in which he stated “the Government never received copies of any statement of account or supporting information,” from the lawyers reviewing the bills from Mr. Basi and Mr. Virk.
Mr. Butler acknowledged that he also told Mr. Virk and Mr. Virk’s lawyer that he never saw any of their detailed billing records.
But in a new affidavit filed Monday (Dec 3rd, 2012) he said that information was simply wrong.
“In fact, the certificates received by the government under the indemnity arrangements with Mr. Basi and Mr. Virk did have statements of account and supporting documentation attached,” he stated.
“I am surprised by those errors … I must have been aware, even if I did not review them in detail, that the certificates had additional material attached … I have no explanation for how or why … I said the certificates did not have statement of account attached … other than failure of memory and failure to go back and review the files at the times I made those misstatements.”...
Like I said at the top....
...Quite literally unbelievable.
So much so that I have a hard time not agreeing with Norm Farrell's take on the matter which you can find here.