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Eddie Obeid loses ICAC challenge

AAP logoAAP 26/09/2016

Former NSW minister Eddie Obeid has lost a costly court battle with the corruption watchdog which investigated the granting of a coal exploration licence.

The 72-year-old, who suffered a stroke in August, and his sons Moses, Paul and Eddie jnr, sought damages in their civil case in the NSW Supreme Court.

They sued the Independent Commission Against Corruption, its former commissioner David Ipp, former counsel assisting Geoffrey Watson SC and other former officers.

Justice David Hammerschlag on Tuesday dismissed all the Obeid claims and will hear submissions on legal costs at a later date.

Operation Jasper investigated the issuing of the licence on Obeid family land at Mount Penny in the Bylong Valley near Mudgee.

ICAC found the licence enabled the Obeid family to make $30 million.

Part of the civil case related to two confidential government maps said to have been seized from an Obeid family office during the execution of a search warrant.

Justice Hammerschlag dismissed their claims of having been denied procedural fairness, finding they were given adequate opportunity to deal with relevant matters.

He also dismissed claims of misfeasance in public office and found the Obeids did not establish that they actually suffered any loss.

Only Moses Obeid was present in court for the decision and later indicated the family may appeal.

Obeid snr is facing a sentence hearing in October after a jury found him guilty of wilful misconduct in public office in 2007 over retail leases at Sydney's Circular Quay.

In December, he, his son Moses and former NSW mining minister Ian Macdonald are due to face a committal hearing over the Mount Penny licence.

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