The former boyfriend of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian could face criminal charges after a damning report by the state’s anti-corruption watchdog.
The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption found former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire gave false or misleading evidence to the ICAC during an investigation into alleged corruption at Canterbury Council.
The ICAC handed down its report into Operation Dasha on Monday, recommending the Director of Public Prosecutions look at whether charges should be laid against the man who was Ms Berejiklian’s secret lover for five years.
Mr Maguire became embroiled in the probe into Canterbury City Council when he was caught on phone taps asking for payment on behalf of a property deal he hoped to secure for a Chinese developer.
The ICAC found Mr Maguire should be considered for prosecution for two offences – “giving false or misleading evidence at the public inquiry on July 13, 2018”.
The ICAC also concluded that former Canterbury City Council councillors Michael Hawatt and Pierre Azzi, and then director of city planning Spiro Stavis, engaged in serious corrupt conduct by dishonestly and partially exercising their official functions through misusing their positions.
The 2018 investigation sparked the separate ongoing ICAC probe into Mr Maguire’s business dealings that led to the revelation he was in a secret relationship with the premier.