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Eddie Obeid's rise and fall: a timeline

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016

LIFE AND TIMES OF EDDIE OBEID:

1943: Born in a village in north Lebanon, then migrated to Australia with his parents when he was six and grew up in a Redfern terrace

1972: Joined the Australian Labor Party

1984: Awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to ethnic welfare, holding voluntary roles around that time as a part-time commissioners of the Ethnic Affairs Commission and vice-president of Ethnic Press Association of Australia

1991: A taxi driver turned property developer, he was elected to the NSW Legislative Council for Labor to replace Jack Hallam

1999: Appointed minister for fisheries and mineral resources, a role he holds until 2003

2002: Investigated by a parliamentary inquiry over pecuniary interests, but ultimately cleared of wrongdoing

2011: Resigns from parliament citing his granddaughter's battle with kidney cancer

June 6, 2013: Obeid and fellow ex-NSW minister Ian Macdonald expelled from Labor for bringing the party into disrepute, following allegations of corruption aired at the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption

June 31, 2013: ICAC finds Obeid acted corruptly over the granting of a coal licence on land owned by the MP's family at Mount Penny, recommends criminal charges

June 5, 2014: ICAC finds Obeid and fellow ex-NSW minister Joe Tripodi engaged in corrupt conduct over Circular Quay retail leases

December 16, 2014: Stripped of the OAM

December 18, 2014: Appears in Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court to answer the charge of misconduct in public office for failing to declare his interest in the Circular Quay leases. He later pleads not guilty

February 10, 2016: NSW Supreme Court trial begins, but the jury is discharged on the 10th day after new evidence emerges

June 6, 2016: Obeid's retrial begins

June 28, 2016: Jury finds Obeid, 72, guilty of wilful misconduct in public office

November 30, 2016: Committal proceedings against Obeid, his son Moses and Macdonald for alleged conspiracy over the allocation of the coal licence on Obeid family land are delayed until next April

December 15, 2016: Justice Robert Beech-Jones sentences him to a maximum five years in jail and a three-year minimum. Obeid is refused bail, pending an appeal application.

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