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“There may have been instances that I have been made aware of where the [procedure] had not been strictly followed, yes.


Power has completed its second day of evidence at the inquest, which has already heard notorious junket operator Suncity continue to run a private gambling lounge at the casino for more than a year after evidence of cash transactions emerged dirty.

The attorney general earlier denied trying to sanitize or “water down” a risk report on Suncity with annotations removing references to alleged money laundering and non-compliance.

He dismissed claims he conspired with senior executives to downplay claims that junket group Suncity was linked to organized crime.

“I don’t believe it was watered down…I don’t think it was a highly sanitized version,” Power told the audience.

The inquest has already heard that the first version of the report, delivered in October 2020, was highly critical of the Star’s handling of his relationship with Suncity, in particular his response to suspicions that he was using the casino to launder money. ‘money.

“See, what you’re doing here is directing the removal of criticism from the process, aren’t you?” said Sharp.

Power also dismissed the fact that he had falsely presented business advice about dealing with Suncity operator Alvin Chau as legal advice to keep him from the regulator.

Sharp suggested that an email he sent to the casino’s due diligence manager in December 2020 “seeked to conceal a document in legal privilege so that it would be shielded from production to the regulator” .

“I disagree,” Power said.

The revelations from the investigation prompted the resignation of chief executive Matt Bekier last month and the filing of a class action lawsuit by investors who claim they were misled about the casino’s compliance with regulatory obligations.

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