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rivkin still unfit to serve sentence

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    CONVICTED stockbroker Rene Rivkin is still not well enough to attend weekend detention, according to medical advice received by prison authorities.

    The updated advice came six weeks after authorities requested a review of Rivkin's medical fitness following reported sightings of him driving about Sydney and attending work shortly after undergoing brain surgery.

    NSW Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham today said a medical report, which includes two opinions, was received yesterday.

    "Dr Charles Teo has responded to my earlier inquiry about Mr Rivkin's condition," Mr Woodham said today.

    "Dr Teo said he has consulted a neurologist to obtain a second opinion.

    "The neurologist confirmed Dr Teo's opinion that Mr Rivkin is not fit to attend periodic detention."

    The new medical advice means Rivkin's existing medical certificate, lodged on July 2 and clearing him from attending prison for four months, still stands, a Corrective Services spokesman said.

    "I intend to inform the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions of the latest medical report," Mr Woodham said in a statement.

    "Any revocation of Mr Rivkin's periodic detention order is a matter for the Commonwealth DPP."

    Rivkin has so far spent just one day of his nine-month periodic detention sentence at Sydney's Silverwater Correctional Centre for insider trading in Qantas shares.

    He underwent surgery to remove a series of benign tumours growing adjacent to his brain in late June, and provided the medical certificate which keeps him clear of prison until after his scheduled September hearing to appeal against the conviction.

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