The suspended Logan Mayor and seven current councillors are expected to be charged today with criminal offences by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) following a major corruption investigation into Logan City Council (LCC).
The investigation known as Operation Front commenced in November 2017 after evidence relating to LCC was uncovered during Operation Belcarra.
Operation Front has examined a range of issues relating to LCC and its councillors. It remains an ongoing investigation.
Previous charges of official corruption, perjury and failing to correct a register of interest relating to the suspended Mayor resulted from Operation Front.
All eight are expected to be charged today for their alleged involvement in causing a dishonest detriment to the former CEO.
The suspended Mayor is expected to be charged for allegedly interfering in a recruitment process and commencing a dishonest probation process.
CCC Chairperson Alan MacSporran QC will hold a press conference at the CCC this afternoon following the charging of the seven councillors and the suspended Mayor.
No further details will be released before the press conference.
The CCC is an independent agency combating major crime and reducing corruption for the benefit of the Queensland community.
NOTE TO MEDIA:
As a result of operational activity occurring throughout today, the CCC cannot confirm the exact time of the press conference. It is expected to be late afternoon today, Friday 26 April 2019.
The CCC will issue another statement on its website, Twitter and Facebook when the time is confirmed. Please check this for confirmation.
Where: CCC – Level 2, 515 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley
When: To be confirmed. Media are asked to arrive earlier to allow sufficient time for sign-in procedures.
Who: Alan MacSporran QC, CCC Chairperson
NOTE: As a result of evidence heard at the committal hearing, and information contained in submissions from the legal representatives of those charged, on 14 April 2021, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) discontinued the prosecutions in the Brisbane Magistrates Court as a result of forming the view that there were no longer reasonable prospects of securing convictions. More information is available at: https://www.ccc.qld.gov.au/news/statement-ccc-chairperson-alan-macsporran-qc-0