Bribery investigation leads to charges
NSW Police have arrested a former senior manager from the Commonwealth Bank after a joint investigation with the FBI. The 61-year-old was taken into custody in Surry Hills yesterday and charged with two counts of bribery over the awarding of a lucrative contract to a US company in exchange for more than $US1.5 million. The Commonwealth Bank is fully cooperating with continuing investigations to find the man’s alleged accomplice, saying they have no tolerance for illegal activity by employees. The accused was due to face Central Local Court today.
Kelsall guilty of Huxley murder
Daniel Jack Kelsall, 22, has been convicted of the murder of Sydney businessman Morgan Huxley. The jury returned their verdict today, finding Mr Kelsall guilty of murdering and indecently assaulting the 31-year-old victim in his Neutral Bay apartment in September 2013. Kelsall, who showed no emotion as the verdict was read out, had claimed an unknown intruder attacked him and Huxley during a consensual sexual encounter in the victim’s bed. He will be sentenced on April 29.
Online voting error “disadvantages” minor parties
A minor NSW party is indicating it may launch legal action if a mistake on online ballot papers costs it a seat in the upcoming election. The Animal Justice Party, along with the Outdoor Recreation Party, were left out of “above the line” voting in the NSW Electoral Commission’s new iVote system due to an error. The system, designed for those who cannot vote on election day due to reading or vision difficulties or lack of access to a polling station, was taken down for several hours yesterday so the mistake could be fixed; however, almost 20,000 votes had already been cast. Though the Electoral Commission denies the parties were disadvantaged, the Animal Justice Party said it may pursue a court challenge if the result is close.
Indonesia denies Australians visa-free travel
Australia has been struck off a list of countries to be offered visa-free travel to Indonesia amid increasing tensions about the pending Bali Nine executions. Tourists from 45 countries will soon be eligible to have Indonesian visa requirements waived in a bid to attract an extra $1 billion per year to the country’s economy. But Australia is not among the 30 countries to be added next month. Indonesia denied the diplomatic spat over death-row drug traffickers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran was a factor in its decision. – Compiled from web sources by Jake Nelson
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