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BILL TIELEMAN, 24 HOURS COLUMNIST

The defence in the Basi-Virk corruption case today alleged that B.C. Liberal Party insider Patrick Kinsella was paid over $175,000 in consulting fees without submitting invoices for his work.

And Kinsella's lawyer James Sullivan argued in B.C. Supreme Court that B.C. Rail documents connected to his client should not be disclosed, saying they are either private and harmful to Kinsella's business or not relevant.

Kevin McCullough, representing former B.C. Liberal ministerial assistant Bob Virk, blasted the lack of invoices from Kinsella, the former BC Liberal Party election campaign co-chair in 2001 and 2005, or his company the Progressive Group.

"The fact that we only have invoices commencing in July 2004 for all the Progressive Group when we know in excess of $175,000 was paid from 2002 to 2004 alone is significant to what Mr. Kinsella was doing for B.C. Rail," McCullough told Justice Elizabeth Bennett.

But B.C. Rail lawyer Robert Deane said there was "an explanation and it's not sinister," saying CN Rail had taken over B.C. Rail documents in July 2004, so they were not in B.C. Rail's possession.

Sullivan said outside court he had no information about the invoices.