'Whistleblower' fighting charges over leaked footage

Suspended police office Rick Flori wants a permanent stay on misconduct charges.
Suspended police office Rick Flori wants a permanent stay on misconduct charges.

"WHISTLEBLOWER" Gold Coast cop Rick Flori is fighting to have a criminal charge against him thrown out of court, claiming the prosecution is an abuse of the justice system.

Sgt Flori is awaiting trial charged with misconduct in public office after allegedly leaking CCTV footage of the police assault of a handcuffed young chef, Noa Begic, in the Surfers Paradise police station basement in January 2012.

The shock footage, obtained by The Courier-Mail, depicted 22-year-old Mr Begic being punched by officers while handcuffed and later, his blood being washed away.

Police involved largely escaped punishment but Sgt Flori was prosecuted and suspended from duty.

Earlier this year, he filed a $1.3 million lawsuit against the State Government for alleged whistleblower reprisal.

He is seeking a permanent stay on the prosecution in a pre-trial hearing in Southport District Court.

Sgt Flori has argued the prosecution is an unfair and unjust abuse of process based on police service reprisals against him.

He is representing himself and alleges a police internal affairs investigator interfered to have his police union legal funding withdrawn.

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