Former NSW Labor ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald and Obeid's son Moses have been found guilty of conspiring over a lucrative mine licence.
Eddie Obeid 77, his middle son Moses 51, and Macdonald 72, stood trial accused of conspiring over a coal exploration licence granted over the Obeid family farm in the Bylong Valley near Mudgee, when Mr Macdonald was Resources Minister from 2007 to 2009...
...The judge said she found Macdonald committed five of eight acts of misconduct he was accused of in setting up and granting the licence.
Justice Fullerton said Moses Obeid took a "hands-on approach" in exploiting Macdonald's misconduct in public office, and that Eddie Obeid had knowledge of it.
During the year-long- trial that included 38 witnesses and 6,000 pages of exhibits, prosecutor Sophie Callan SC, argued there was enough circumstantial evidence to prove the men were guilty.
The prosecutor argued Ian Macdonald and Eddie Obeid had a close personal and working relationship, and that the Obeid family made $30,000,000 from the deal.
Obied and MacDonald - the ultimate kleptomaniacs in charge of the till. NSW Labor still stinks to high heaven with the stench of corruption left by these men. How many other ministers were engaging in corrupt activities in NSW and got away with it?