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Operation Vesta public notice

Tuesday 19 July 2011

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will conduct a public inquiry as part of its investigation into an allegation that Andrew Kelly, in his capacity as an officer of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA), acted in conflict with his official duties when dealing with Charif Kazal, and members of the Kazal family, in relation to properties which were owned by SHFA at 91, 99, 100 and 135 George Street, The Rocks, and leased by SHFA to Charif Kazal and members of the Kazal family at a time when Mr Kelly was, or anticipated being, involved with Charif Kazal and members of the Kazal family in private business.

The Commission is also investigating an allegation that Charif Kazal sought to improperly influence the exercise of Mr Kelly's official functions by holding out the prospect of Mr Kelly being involved with him and members of the Kazal family in private business.

The public inquiry will commence at 10:00 am on Monday 25 July 2011, at L21, 133 Castlereagh St., Sydney.

Persons claiming to be substantially and directly interested in this matter may seek leave to be represented at the inquiry, and are invited to contact Ms Helen Rallis on (02) 8281-5999 to advise of their interest.

Members of the public with information relevant to the investigation are encouraged to provide it in writing at GPO Box 500, Sydney, NSW 2001, or by facsimile (02) 9264-5364. The ICAC will treat all information confidentially and has legislative powers to protect people who provide information to the Commission.

Roy Waldon
Solicitor to the Commission