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Former lands minister Tony Kelly, who approved concept plans for Leda’s ‘mini cities’ of Cobaki and Kings Forest during his term in office, has been found corrupt by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

There is no suggestion the corruption finding relates to the approvals.

A report tabled in Parliament earlier this week also found the former chief of the Land and Property Management Authority, Warwick Watkins, had engaged in corrupt activity by asking Mr Kelly to sign a backdated letter giving him permission to buy a property on the central NSW coast without the government’s consent.

ICAC has recommended the Director of Public Prosecutions charge Mr Watkins and Mr Kelly.

The finding comes a week after another former Labor minister, Ian Macdonald, was accused of corruptly taking the services of an escort in exchange for setting up meetings between accused murder Ron Medich and electricity companies.


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