Review ordered into Campbell inquiry

Member for Keira and former police minister David CampbellThe Police Integrity Commission will examine the police investigation into rumours about the former police minister David Campbell, some of which date back more than a decade.The move comes after suggestions of a police cover-up in relation to the investigation by the Deputy Police Commissioner, Dave Owens, and an assistant commissioner in 2008.It was also revealed that the Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, tried to refer the allegations to the Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC), but it declined to investigate.The Police Minister, Michael Daley, said he was “entirely satisfied that the police acted appropriately” after being briefed by the commissioner about the matter. Neither he nor Mr Scipione would tolerate any “hint of impropriety”, he said. “I demand the squeakiest clean police force in the world.”Mr Scipione refused to elaborate about the nature of the allegations, but said “the one that was talked about when this first came to light related back to an alleged incident in the late 1990s”.Mr Campbell resigned last month as transport minister after becoming aware the Seven Network was to air footage of him leaving a gay sauna, Ken’s of Kensington.He remains the MP for Keira, the electorate he holds with a margin of 22 per cent and to which he was first elected in 1999.In 1996 Mr Campbell was linked with about 200,000 others to an illegal pyramid investment scheme investigated by Fair Trading.He has not been charged over that matter. Mr Scipione said police had been asked by the Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Robyn Kruk, to “provide advice” to her about the allegations.”The NSW police force is not in the business of … making rumours grow,” Mr Scipione said yesterday.He had asked that the matter be referred to the ICAC, but when it decided not to investigate, “someone needed to look at it”, and police decided to examine the allegations, he said.After an investigation lasting “a number of weeks” in May and June 2008, police found the allegations not proved, he said.Mr Scipione also said police had previously investigated other MPs, but suggested there had been no other investigations the public was not yet aware of.
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