Suspended Logan Mayor Luke Smith A No-Show In Court

Due to health concerns.


26 July 2018

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Suspended Logan mayor Luke Smith has not shown up to face court on corruption charges, following a visit to hospital earlier in the week.

Outside the court, his lawyer did not answer questions about his health.

Smith was charged in March with official corruption, failing to correct his council register of interests, and two counts of perjury after the Crime and Corruption Commission alleged he lied during a hearing relating to Operation Belcarra.

He has previously said he will vigorously defend the charges.

The corruption case was adjourned for eight weeks after lawyers asked for more time to prepare the brief of evidence.

The prosecution said a lengthy adjournment was required due to the difficulty of collecting statements from witnesses who were overseas.

Magistrate Jane Bentley said that if the Crime and Corruption Commission wanted to charge people they needed to make it happen in a timely fashion.

The case will return to court on September 20.

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