Public inquiry into corruption allegations concerning Corrective Services NSW activities officer

Wednesday 26 September 2012

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a public inquiry commencing Monday 8 October 2012 as part of an investigation it is conducting into corruption allegations against Corrective Services NSW activities officer, Karaha Pene Te-Hira.

It is alleged that over the past three years, Mr Te-Hira, while employed at the Long Bay Correctional Complex Metropolitan Special Programs Centre (MSPC), trafficked mobile telephones and accessories, sports shoes, steroids and other contraband into MSPC in return for corrupt payments from inmates or family members or associates of inmates.

The public inquiry will start at 10:00 am. It will be held in the Police Integrity Commission (PIC) hearing room at Level 3, 111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, as high-security prisoners will be called as witnesses and the PIC has suitable security arrangements to accommodate such witnesses.

ICAC Assistant Commissioner, Ms Theresa Hamilton, will preside at the public inquiry, which is set down for two- to three days.

The Commission will be providing no further details or comment at this stage.

Media contact: ICAC's Manager Communications & Media, Nicole Thomas (02) 8281 5799 / 0417 467 801