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NSW ICAC duty-bound to explain: Inspector

Sophia Tilley (left), pursued by journalists at Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney last year, was the woman at the centre of the ICAC probe into crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen. AAP Image/Paul Miller

Sophia Tilley (left), pursued by journalists at Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney last year, was the woman at the centre of the ICAC probe into crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen. AAP Image/Paul Miller

Sydney [AAP]

The man charged with overseeing the NSW corruption watchdog has lashed out, saying it is duty-bound to explain itself.

Independent Commission Against Corruption inspector David Levine QC has announced he will review the agency’s ill-fated investigation into high-ranking state prosecutor Margaret Cunneen SC.

The High Court ruled on Wednesday that allegations against Ms Cunneen did not amount to corrupt conduct and as such the ICAC did not have the power to pursue her.

The inquiry was due to examine claims the top silk advised her son’s girlfriend to fake chest pains at a car crash scene in a bid to avoid police obtaining her blood alcohol level.

She has consistently denied the claims.

Mr Levine is calling on the ICAC to ‘please explain’.

‘I am of the view that the present standing of the ICAC in the eyes of the public whose interests it exists to champion on issues of corruption and integrity is, to say the least, unhappy,’ he said on Thursday.

‘I express this view as the inspector and I express it of the ICAC as a Statutory entity.

‘It is my view that ICAC is duty-bound to inform the public to indicate what it is doing and what it proposes to do and to give some explanation for the course it has taken not only in relation to Operation Hale [Cunneen] but any other outstanding matters.’


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