Gladys Berejiklian, Daryl Maguire, ICAC: Bid to keep evidence behind closed doors


BREAKING NEWS: Gladys Berejiklian launches last ditch bid to keep her ex-lover Daryl’s evidence SECRET from the public because she could be ‘HUMILIATED’










Gladys Berejiklian’s legal team has made a last ditch application to keep evidence from her secret boyfriend, disgraced ex-Liberal MP Daryl Maguire, kept private at the corruption inquiry into the former NSW premier. 

In calling for a private session, barrister Sophie Callan said she had ‘Personal privacy concerns of the highest order’ for her client, Ms Berejiklian.

She said no public service would be served by ‘plumbing the depths’ and wanted to prevent any ‘humiliation and harm’ to the former NSW premier. 

Ms Callan told ICAC Assistant Commissioner Ruth McColl, SC, who is presiding over the inquiry, that she has a discretion to hold part of the hearing in private.

Former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian's legal team has made a last ditch bid to keep her former lover's evidence to ICAC heard in private

Former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian’s legal team has made a last ditch bid to keep her former lover’s evidence to ICAC heard in private

Ms McColl asked Ms Callan her what private details she was referring to. 

‘Hallmarks or indications at the level of commitment’ in that relationship, replied Ms Callan. 

She also called for the non-publication of any evidence held in such a private session.  

A member of Mr Maguire’s legal team said he supports the application. ‘A private hearing is more appropriate,’ he said. 

Daryl Maguire arrives at a previous Independent Commission Against Corruption hearing in Sydney on October 16, 2020. He is due back in the witness box today, subject to a private hearing application

Daryl Maguire arrives at a previous Independent Commission Against Corruption hearing in Sydney on October 16, 2020. He is due back in the witness box today, subject to a private hearing application

ICAC counsel Scott Robertson called for applications to be refused.

‘A public inquiry is to be held in public,’ he said. 

He added that having a private session would risk it ‘becoming a public inquiry in name only’.

Mr Robertson argued that the hearing should be able to publicly delve into the nature of the relationship between Ms Berejiklian and Mr Maguire because the former premier openly gave interviews to the press after the last hearing about how she planned to marry him. 

The ICAC is, in part, investigating if Ms Berejiklian engaged in conduct ‘liable to allow or encourage the occurrence of corrupt conduct’ by Mr Maguire. 



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