A covert photographer from the Independent Commission Against Corruption followed Gladys Berejiklian’s then-boyfriend into NSW parliament to take pictures of a meeting he had with Chinese property developers.
A series of photographs included in a bundle of ICAC evidence documents published on Thursday show a trio of men in dark suits meeting Daryl Maguire in a public area of parliament.
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The former Wagga Wagga MP’s involvement in a series of dodgy business deals has been unravelled over the last few weeks in front of ICAC. The inquiry reached a boiling point on Monday when Ms Berejiklian took the witness stand and revealed she had been in a secret relationship with Mr Maguire for five years, starting in 2015.
The spy pics tendered into evidence on Thursday were taken on August 9, 2017, by a group of five ICAC agents, identified in surveillance logs by five-digit code names. Three of the operatives took photographs, while the other two made their observations in writing.
“Daryl MAGUIRE, hereafter referred to as MAGUIRE, stood in the foyer of parliament of New South Wales, 6 Macquarie Street, SYDNEY. MAGUIRE was wearing a dark-coloured business suit with and held mobile phones in his hand,” an operative known as 3/2013 reported at 12.01pm.
In the spy log, an agent noted that a black Mercedes sedan stood parked outside parliament while an “unknown male” stood next to it “wearing a dark suit and holding a phone”.
Meanwhile, two other agents were snapping pictures and listening in as Mr Maguire was immersed in a discussion with three men, including the head of investment at the Chinese property development firm Country Garden.
“Between this log entry and the next, a number of snippets of conversation were heard. MAGUIRE said words to the effect ‘I‘m going to China, Beijing, in October’,” one of the spies noted.
Mr Maguire is expected to continue giving evidence in front of ICAC on Friday.