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Eddie Obeid, Moses Obeid and Ian Macdonald committed to stand trial on conspiracy charges

30 June 2017

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Former New South Wales Labor government ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald have been committed to stand trial, charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

Macdonald, Obeid, and his son Moses Obeid, were charged in 2015 over a coal exploration licence involving a property owned by the Obeid family in the Bylong Valley near Mudgee.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) found the Obeids made $30 million from the deal which granted a licence for their family farm at Mount Penny.

The committal hearing date had been moved several times since the men were charged for reasons including the elder Obeid suffering a series of strokes in mid-2016.

Former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid appeared via videolink dressed in a bottle-green tracksuit.

His former frontbench colleague Macdonald was in the dock, bearded and wearing a dark suit and tie.

The trio will be back in the District Court on June 9.