The Corruption and Crime Commission today cleared the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Justice, Community Safety, John D'Orazio, of allegations of misconduct. The allegations made in the media arose from a meeting in the Minister's office with Mr Adam Spagnolo and Mr Tony Drago on 25 August 2003. Commissioner Kevin Hammond told a public hearing today that the commission had assessed the allegation and as a result no further action would be taken. He said the assessment started on Wednesday 22 February 2006 following the publication of a newspaper article. Mr Hammond said the Commission found a divergence in the evidence given by Mr D'Orazio, Mr Spagnolo and Mr Drago as to whether business deals were discussed in the meeting in the Minister's office on 25 August 2003. "What emerges from an assessment of all the evidence, including that of the three men, is that there is no evidence of improper, illegal or corrupt deals being discussed at the meeting." Mr Hammond added that the term 'Godfather' used by Counsel Assisting the Commission, Ms Patti Chong at a public hearing into the City of Bayswater in June 2005 was a throwaway line used only once. "It was not intended to have any further meaning or significance."
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