Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) – alleged corrupt conduct concerning property leases and improper influence of SHFA officer (Operation Vesta)

The ICAC investigated an allegation that Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) officer Andrew Kelly 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 the SHFA at 91, 99, 100 and 135 George Street, The Rocks, and leased by Kazal family businesses at a time when Mr Kelly was, or anticipated being, involved with Mr Kazal and members of the Kazal family in private business.

The Commission investigated an allegation that Mr 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.

In its report on the investigation, made public on 16 December 2011, the Commission made corrupt conduct findings against Mr Kelly and Mr Kazal. The Commission is of the opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions should be sought with respect to the prosecution of Mr Kelly and Mr Kazal for specified offences. The ICAC has made four corruption prevention recommendations to help the SHFA improve the robustness of the decision-making process to make it difficult to inappropriately influence the process.

Investigation reports Investigation reports
Investigation into the undisclosed conflict of interest of a senior executive of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (Operation Vesta) (December 2011) View full report
Findings of corrupt conduct Findings of corrupt conduct
Findings of corrupt conduct View findings
Recommendations for prosecutions Recommendations for prosecutions
Recommendations for prosecutions View recommendations
Recommendations for disciplinary action Recommendations for disciplinary action
Recommendations for disciplinary action View recommendations
Recommendations for corruption prevention Recommendations for corruption prevention
Recommendations for corruption prevention View recommendations
Transcripts Transcripts
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Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets
Undisclosed conflict of interest of a senior executive of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority View fact sheet
ICAC finds former SHFA senior executive corrupt View media release
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) – alleged corrupt conduct concerning property leases and improper influence of SHFA officer (Operation Vesta) View public notice