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The former Macedonian Ambassador to Australia lived a life of lies and deceit, defrauding members of his own community to secure large sums of money for a cancer operation he didn’t need, a court has been told. The allegations about the conduct of Pero Stojanovski, who was ambassador until 2011, included that ”he was using his position in the high office of ambassador to garner people’s respect and confidence in him” and to gain financial benefits by deception. Questions about Mr Stojanovski’s credibility arose at last week’s Supreme Court trial of his former partner, Sydney woman Lidjia Dumbaloska, who the former ambassador had accused of breaking into his home, stealing his laptop and attempting to blackmail him. But the Crown suddenly dropped the charges before the trial officially began after Ms Dumbaloska’s lawyer, Rick Mitry, told the court he had a pile of evidence and a string of witnesses who would give statements about Mr Stojanovksi’s behaviour. Mr Mitry told the court that the honesty and credibility of Mr Stojanovski was a fundamental issue in the case and he planned to show that his tenure as ambassador was prematurely terminated because of some of his behaviours. He said he had a string of statements from people that Mr Stojanovski had asked for money to pay for an urgent prostate cancer operation – a disease he never had. Crown prosecutor Anthony Williamson told the court that until the start of the trial they considered the evidence they had to be ”line ball” but had decided to let the jury decide. ”But in light of this further evidence … the Crown’s position that pursuing the trial is futile and its just a waste of the court’s time, the jury’s time, the parties’ time and we will not proceed further,” said Mr Williamson. He said the prosecution would pursue a minor theft charge in the summary court against Ms Dumbaloska.
The Australian Embassy Bangkok invites applications for the position of Australia’s Honorary Consul, based in Phuket, with consular responsibility for the provinces of Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga. On behalf of the Australian Embassy, Bangkok, the Honorary Consul will: Provide consular assistance to Australians in relation to their welfare, whereabouts, arrest, imprisonment, repatriation, hospitalisation, evacuation or death, provide passport services to Australians, and; provide other services as set out in the selection criteria. Applicants for this position should be an Australian citizen, although non-Australians who meet all other selection criteria will be considered. Further details of this position including the selection criteria and instructions on how to apply are available at http://www.thailand.embassy.gov.au under ‘About Us’ and ‘Job Vacancies’. Applications close at 4.30 PM, Wednesday, 18 September 2013.
A woman accused of trying to blackmail the former Ambassador for the Republic of Macedonia after a failed love affair, has broken down as her trial was abandoned in the ACT Supreme Court. Lidija Dumbaloska, 40, was charged in December 2010 after allegedly breaking into the then Ambassador’s home in Canberra where it is claimed she stole a laptop computer. She was also accused of trying to blackmail the Ambassador asking for $150,000 and 40,000 euros for the return of the laptop. The pair had been in a relationship, which had soured. Dumbaloska was to have faced a trial on Monday on charges of burglary, theft and blackmail. But the Crown abandoned the case after learning of a bid to present last minute evidence which would cast doubt on the credibility of the alleged victim. Dumbaloska will still face theft charges in the ACT Magistrates Court.
Nine of Ecuador’s embassies around the world, including its embassy in Portugal, are to close due to a lack of reciprocity and a desire to cut costs, President Rafael Correa announced. “We have 49 embassies around the world but eleven of these countries do not have any reciprocity and thus without any ambassadors accredited to Ecuador,” explained Correa before identifying the Ecuadorian Embassies to Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, Austria, Australia and Malaysia as among those slated for shutdown. “There will be a significant reduction in costs and savings to the country,” the president emphasised before adding that he was being “realistic” as while India might not need an embassy in Quito, Ecuador needed representation to New Delhi.
An Australian national was arrested in Pattaya for subjecting the Australian embassy to a series of threats and abuse. It was reported that the Australian had phoned the Australian embassy on several occasions between the 17 – 27 of June. Travis J. Moore has admitted that he did phone and threaten the Australian embassy, stating that he did it because he was angry that the Australian embassy didn’t help him take custody of his 8 month-old daughter from his ex-wife.
In response to inquiries by The Advertiser, the Canberra-based Italian Embassy today issued a statement confirming the Adelaide and Brisbane consulates will shut their doors on March 1. It comes after years of campaigning from MPs on both sides of politics to keep it open. The Adelaide consulate services the state’s large Italian expatriate community. The embassy blamed “administrative and operational reasons” for the closure. “The Embassy of Italy also wishes to inform the public that – subject to consent from relevant Australian Authorities – relevant territorial competences will be transferred after March 1st 2014 to the Consulate General of Italy in Melbourne for South Australia,” it said.
A man accused of crashing his car into the United States embassy gates in Canberra earlier this month has been released on bail. Adrian Richardson from Queensland is facing one charge of damaging the premises of an international property. The 30-year-old was arrested after police found him inside his car wedged in the gates of the embassy. A Canberra Hospital report given to the ACT Magistrates Court revealed Richardson has been diagnosed with a delusional disorder, but does not require a psychiatric control order. He is expected to return to court on Friday.
A car crashed into the main gate of the U.S. Embassy in Canberra on Wednesday but caused little damage. Police in the capital said they arrested the driver and were trying to determine whether the act was intentional. Roads around the embassy were closed as police, ambulance and firefighters swarmed the scene. A police bomb squad inspected the car, but found no explosives or anything suspicious, Australian Capital Territory police said. Neither the gate nor the car was seriously damaged and the driver was not injured. Police were investigating whether the crash was an accident or deliberate. The 30-year-old driver was taken into custody and was expected to appear in court on Thursday.
The Australian government issued a travel advisory prohibiting its embassy staff in the Philippines from traveling to three cities in Mindanao — Davao, Cotabato and Zamboanga — due to “security reasons.” The advisory, issued by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said travel to these cities by embassy officials and personnel are cancelled “until further notice.” The embassy then reiterated its previous travel warnings against central, western and eastern Mindanao. “We continue to strongly advise you not to travel to central and western Mindanao, including the Zamboanga Peninsula and Sulu Archipelago, due to the very high threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping, violent crime and violent clashes between armed groups,” the advisory said. “We continue to advise you to reconsider your need to travel to eastern Mindanao.” “We continue to see reports indicating that militants based in the southern Philippines are planning to kidnap Westerners. If you are in central or western Mindanao, you are strongly advised to leave immediately,” the advisory said. It said that foreigners have been kidnapped from coastal and island tourist resorts, dive sites and live-aboard dive boats. “If you decide to travel to an area where there is a particular threat of kidnapping, you should ensure you have personal security measures in place, seek professional security advice and take out kidnapping insurance,” the advisory added.
Unions are concerned that any Australian worker injured on the construction site for the new Chinese embassy in Canberra may not have access to compensation. Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union ACT secretary Dean Hall said on Monday he had discovered Australian workers were delivering concrete and other supplies onto the secretive site, contrary to earlier assurances. ”If there is an accident, those Australian workers and their employers have no coverage for compensation of any form,” he said. The Canberra Times revealed in November 2011 the federal government had granted diplomatic visas to dozens of Chinese construction workers building the extension to the Yarralumla embassy, placing the crew members out of reach of Australian employment laws. Australia has struck a reciprocal deal for any future work on the Australian embassy in Beijing, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said.