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04/22/2015 06:46 EDT | Updated 06/22/2015 01:12 EDT

Son of key player in Mike Duffy trial the latest to testify

OTTAWA - The Mike Duffy trial was expected to hear from the suspended senator's friend Gerald Donohue this week but Donohue is recovering at home from a recent hospital stay.The trial in Ottawa instead heard Tuesday from Donohue's son, Matt, who testified that he was a 40 per cent shareholder in the family company.Duffy faces 31 charges and some relate to $65,000 in Senate contracts given to Gerald Donohue through two of his companies, Maple Ridge Media and Ottawa ICF.Some of that money was later allotted to others, including a speechwriter, a political consultant and a personal trainer through the Donohue firms.But despite his hefty share of the company, Matt Donohue said didn't know about his dad's dealings with Duffy and didn't recognize the subcontractors who got payments.Donohue's son was also at a loss to explain why his father's name appeared on many company cheques, even though his dad did not have cheque signing authority.Gerald Donohue told police in 2013 that he didn't do most of the work was described in Senate invoices and didn't personally receive any of the $65,000 paid by the Senate.Duffy's lawyer has argued that while his client might be guilty of "administrative process irregularities,'' he did nothing illegal.