“Gattellari’s outrageous lies published today by the SMH are timed to interfere with my current legal proceedings.”
Macdonald was referring to his five-month criminal trial in which his co-accused are former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid and Obeid’s middle son Moses.
The charges relate to an alleged conspiracy over then minister Macdonald’s granting of a coal exploration licence at Mount Penny in the Bylong Valley which conferred a windfall to the Obeid family who had a farm in the area.
The commencement of the trio’s trial, which will be heard by a judge only, was delayed until Wednesday because of legal arguments.
Macdonald also complained that Gattellari had not made these claims at a 2011 corruption inquiry and the inquiry found “there was no assistance for the Medich electrical company by my department.”
However, the Independent Commission found Macdonald had acted corruptly by accepting the services of a prostitute, Tiffanie, provided to him by Medich and Gattellari in the expectation Macdonald would recommend their electrical company get government contracts.
The corruption watchdog recommended the Director of Public Prosecutions consider charging Macdonald with misconduct in public office and corruptly receiving a benefit and Medich be charged with corruptly giving a benefit.
On Monday Macdonald claimed he had been informed by the DPP that he would not face any charges over the Tiffanie matter.
The DPP declined to comment, saying it was up to the ICAC as to whether it would release any legal advice it had received. Comment was being sought from the ICAC.
In 2018 Medich was jailed for a maximum of 39 years for ordering the 2009 murder of McGurk.
Gattellari was released in December after serving more than nine years for the murder and an additional sentence after a jury found him guilty of attempting to extort money from Medich.
Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.