Crown argues Peter Slipper fraud charges not be dropped

THE Crown has argued Peter Slipper's bid to have the fraud charges against him should not be dropped, in the latest court hearing in Canberra.

Mr Slipper faces three charges of dishonesty on allegations he misused cab charges during a series of winery visits around Canberra in 2010.

The former Speaker has pleaded not guilty to the charges, with his defence team arguing the prosecution must prove the trips were not for parliamentary business before the case proceeds.

That argument hinges on whether the court has the jurisdiction to hear the case, but the prosecution argued on Wednesday it does.

A decision on Mr Slipper's application to have a permanent stay put on the legal proceedings was not made on Wednesday, and the case continues.

The former Member for Fisher was not present at the hearing.


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