Findings of corrupt conduct

The ICAC found that Karaha Pene Te-Hira engaged in corrupt conduct by:

  • trafficking contraband, including food, clothing, shoes, mail, mobile telephones, chargers, SIM cards, steroids and a plunger for steroid injection into the MSPC for inmate Omar Zahed and another inmate identified as Prisoner X over a six-month period in 2012
  • trafficking a pair of shoes into the MSPC, which he delivered to Mr Zahed on or around 14 June 2012, in return for cash and a pair of shoes
  • trafficking a pair of shoes into the MSPC, which he delivered to Mr Zahed on or around 28 June 2012, in return for  a pair of shoes
  • accepting a benefit of at least $500 towards the cost of a car stereo and DVD system installed into his vehicle on 23 June 2012, which he knew came from either an inmate named Alfred Fonua or another inmate, on the understanding that he would exercise his official functions in favour of Mr Fonua, Mr Zahed or another inmate associated with Mr Fonua or Mr Zahed
  • trafficking one pair of shoes, tweezers and a shaving razor into the MSPC, which he delivered to prisoner X in April 2012, in return for a cash payment exceeding $50
  • trafficking unspecified contraband items into the MSPC, which he delivered to Prisoner X in June 2012
  • trafficking two HTC mobile telephones into the MSPC, which he delivered to Prisoner X sometime after 28 June 2012.

The Commission found that Omar Zahed engaged in corrupt conduct by arranging for his sister, Asmahen Zahed, to provide Mr Te-Hira with shoes for delivery to himself in the MSPC and to reward Mr Te-Hira with shoes and cash in return.

The Commission found that Asmahen Zahed engaged in corrupt conduct by providing a pair of shoes and cash on 13 June 2012 and a pair of shoes on 27 June 2012 to Mr Te-Hira in return for his delivering shoes to Mr Zahed in the MSPC.