Probity hearings for Crown Resorts resume in Sydney

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The New South Wales Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority public hearings into the practices of Crown Resorts resumed on Monday having been suspended in April due to the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

At stake is the company’s license for the soon-to-be-completed A$2.4 billion (US$1.7 billion) casino at Barangaroo, central Sydney.

The focus of the probity hearings, launched after media reports last July, has been on Crown’s relationship with junket operators, including Suncity.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, one of the media organizations involved in the original reports alleging wrongdoing, Joshua Preston, responsible for legal and regulatory compliance, spent most of the latest hearing testifying that he was unaware of any concerns about junket operators and that he couldn’t remember receiving any specific warnings about them.

The inquiry, which is conducted by former Supreme Court Justice Patricia Bergin, is set to hold its next hearing on Thursday.