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.
In the lead-up to the trial, the ACT courts had already heard how the pair were well-known as a couple in Canberra who were living together and regularly attending official functions. Ms Dumbaloska was introduced as his partner in a relationship that had continued until the day she turned up at his house and used her key to let herself in, and inadvertently came across some matters on Mr Stojanovski's laptop that ''frightened the life out of her''.
It was that incident in December 2010 that brought about the case.
It had been alleged in court previously that Mr Stojanovski's subsequent conduct in calling the police and having Ms Dumbaloska charged arose out of his desperation to cover up what she had found on his laptop.
Mr Mitry told Justice Hilary Penfold that Ms Dumbaloska had found pornographic material on Mr Stojanovski's computer and separately had found pictures of her young daughter that she did not know had been taken.
Mr Mitry told the court that not only was he going to raise the issue of Mr Stojanovksi's credibility in about six or seven areas of his life, he said he also had proof that bank documents had been forged.
The court also heard that Mr Stojanovski had changed his story to police about how long his relationship with Ms Dumbaloska had lasted. At first he said it ceased six months before the alleged offences occurred, but then in a subsequent statement when, Mr Mitry told the court, Mr Stojanovski realised that there was too much evidence of the relationship continuing, he admitted the relationship had continued until December and he had been ''forced'' to continue it.
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.