Court discharges corruption case against Ken Talbot PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 August 2010 11:51


A court has formally discharged corruption proceedings against the late mining magnate Ken Talbot. Mr Talbot was one of six Australian mining executives killed, when their plane crashed in the Congo in June.

The billionaire founder and former chief executive of Macarthur Coal was on the flight from Cameroon's capital Yaounde to Yangadou in his role as a non-executive director of Perth-based mining company Sundance Resources.

He resigned from Macarthur Coal in June 2008 amid allegations that he bribed former Queensland government minister Gordon Nuttall.

Mr Talbot had been charged with 35 counts of paying secret commissions, totalling almost $300,000, to Mr Nuttall between 2002 and 2005, and was due to stand trial in Brisbane District Court later this month.

Before his death he had indicated he was confident of clearing his name.

The case was briefly brought on for mention on Thursday before Judge Kerry O'Brien, so the court could formally discharge Mr Talbot and de-list the trial.

Mr Nuttall is currently serving a seven-year jail term for corruptly receiving payments from Mr Talbot and another businessman.

He is still to face five counts of corruptly receiving payments totalling $152,700 from Queensland businessman Brendan McKennariey between December 10, 2001 and April 1, 2006.

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