Ian Macdonald and Eddie Obeid to face court on corruption charges

Ian Macdonald and Eddie Obeid to face court on corruption charges

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Former NSW Labor Ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald have been ordered to appear in court, more than a year after the Independent Commission Against Corruption handed down its findings.

Last year, two separate inquiries by the Independent Commission Against Corruption found Mr Obeid and Mr Macdonald had acted corruptly, and should face criminal charges.

Mr Macdonald was found to be corrupt over his decision to invite Doyles Creek Mining to apply for a mining exploration licence, and then grant the licence to that company without a competitive tender.

The corruption watchdog recommended at the time that Mr Macdonald and the former chairman of Doyles Creek Mining John Maitland, whom Mr Macdonald is accused of “gifting” the licence to, both face criminal charges.

Meanwhile, Mr Obeid was found to have acted corruptly in a number of separate cases.

He will face prosecution for alleged misconduct in public office relating to restaurant leases at Circular Quay in Sydney

Both matters are set down for mention in Downing Local Court  on December 18.

Mr Maitland is also being prosecuted for giving false evidence to ICAC.

NSW Premier Mike Baird has welcomed the legal action, saying it is “about time” the pair was prosecuted.

“Ultimately, what you need to see is prosecutions,” he said.

“Those prosecutions coming forward is going to give great confidence to the community.”

Mr Macdonald and Mr Maitland have both rejected ICAC’s findings.

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