The Mail on Sunday reports that Attorney General Baroness Scotland could be summoned to appear in court if her former housekeeper stands trial on fraud and immigration offences next month.
Loloahi Tapui, 27, from Tonga, who was charged on Friday, says she will instruct her legal team to bring Baroness Scotland forward as a witness if the Crown Prosecution Service does not.
Ms Tapui, an illegal immigrant, claims Lady Scotland failed to ask her about her right to work in the UK before offering her a job.
Ms Tapui believes that if the Baroness takes the stand under oath, the truth will emerge over whether the Attorney General did, as she claims, see Ms Tapui’s passport before offering her a job.
The former housekeeper told the newspaper this weekend: ‘In a way, going to court will be a good way to get my point across. I would like Baroness Scotland to be a witness to allow her to be cross-examined. I want her to appear in court and I am prepared to get my lawyers to ask her to be there so I can confront her about her side of the story.’
Ms Tapui is set to contest charges of fraud by false representation, possessing a false passport and overstaying her visa.
The case is potentially hugely embarrassing for the country’s chief law officer.
She may be asked to testify that Ms Tapui falsely claimed she was eligible to work.
Ms Tapui denies ever having made such a claim and says she was never asked to provide proof of her status, or a passport.
Lady Scotland sacked her housekeeper in September after it emerged that Ms Tapui was working in the UK illegally.
The Attorney General said she had seen ‘all relevant documents’, including a passport.
But Ms Tapui later told The Mail on Sunday she had never been asked to show her passport – which would have shown her visa was out of date.
Ms Tapui said: ‘What I’m waiting for is to see if she’ll stick by her story in court. I’m prepared to take a lie detector test.’
Ms Tapui’s husband, solicitor Alex Zivancevic, 40, who is a UK citizen, was accused of assisting unlawful immigration. He was cautioned and will face no charges.
Baroness Scotland has received a £5,000 fine for committing a ‘technical breach’ by failing to keep copies of documents she claims she was shown by Ms Tapui.
The maximum sentence for the fraud charge is ten years.
The maximum for holding a false passport is two years and, for overstaying a visa, six months and a £5,000 fine.
A legal expert said: ‘Ms Tapui would be perfectly entitled to call Baroness Scotland as a witness for the defence.
‘If Lady Scotland refused to attend, she would have to provide a statement to the judge detailing why her evidence would not be suitable, although I cannot imagine why that would be the case.’
A spokesman for the CPS said there was ‘currently no witness list’ for the case.
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