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'Fake psychiatrist' wants pleas vacated

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/06/2017

The man accused of forging documents to get a job working as a psychiatrist for the Waikato District Health Board wants to vacate his earlier guilty pleas and may go to trial.

Mohamed Siddiqui appeared in Hamilton District Court on Monday, where he applied to vacate the pleas and his lawyer was withdrawn.

A callover will be held later this month where he must find a fourth lawyer and the case will then return on August 17 to find out if his application is successful. If it is the case will go to trial.

Siddiqui was arrested in July 2015 after he resigned his position at the DHB before attempting to leave the country.

The 55-year-old admitted to using a document to secure a pecuniary advantage and obtaining a New Zealand medical licence by deception when he appeared in court earlier this year,

He also admitted he "used a title, namely psychiatrist, implying that he is a health practitioner of a particular kind".

Siddiqui had been working at the DHB for about six months when concerns were raised about his professional abilities.

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