Keppel MP Brittany Lauga outside Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Keppel MP Brittany Lauga outside Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Thursday.

MP claims underhand tactics in stalker case

KEPPEL MP Brittany Lauga said she was genuinely concerned by the behaviour of her accused stalker Petros Khalesirad and accused his lawyer of a "political muckraking exercise" in grilling her about details of her debt to a Queensland construction company.

Mrs Lauga told the court "serious questions need to be answered" about who was paying for Khalesirad's legal defence, including prominent barrister Greg McGuire.

"I have no doubt you are being paid by people who are politically motivated," Mrs Lauga told Mr McGuire during one heated exchange in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.

She also said she had been the victim of a vicious rumour - spread, she said, by a friend of Khalesirad's - that she had been drunk at the races and "flashed her boobs" before ending up in the gutter.

The rumours had even reached the Premier's office, she said.

"For the Premier's office to ring me about what was happening, it was horrible," Mrs Lauga said.

In September, Mrs Lauga wrote to parliamentary authorities complaining then-independent MP Rob Pyne had signed Khalesirad into Parliament as a guest despite the stalking charge against him.

In part of the letter that was read out in court ­yesterday, Mrs Lauga described Khalesirad as a "dangerous character".

She also questioned how a ­letter that she thought was confidential had entered the court ­proceedings.



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