St Basil’s Fawkner bosses ordered to give evidence over COVID-19 outbreak

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Former senior managers at St Basil’s Fawkner in Victoria, Kon Kontis and Vicky Kos, will be forced to give evidence in a coronial inquest into the deaths of 50 people at the aged care facility in 2020 during a coronavirus outbreak.

According to ABC News, the Court of Appeal today upheld a decision ordering Mr Kontis and Ms Kos to give evidence in the probe.

Mr Kontis was the chairman of the home at the time, and Ms Kos was the facility manager.

St Basil’s Home for the Aged chairman Kon Kontis and the nursing director will have to testify. Photo: Con Chronis/AAP PHOTOS.

The pair have refused to give evidence to the inquest on the basis that they could incriminate themselves.

Their bid to avoid giving evidence came after Worksafe revealed it was conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths and sparked fury among grieving family members.

The pair is still able to appeal today’s decision to the High Court of Australia.

Source: ABC News.

READ MORE: St Basil’s Fawkner bosses appeal court orders forcing them to give evidence.

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