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Star lawyer resumes casino probe evidence

A senior Star Entertainment lawyer will continue giving evidence at an inquiry into the fitness of The Star Sydney to hold a casino licence.

The royal commission-style inquiry into the Sydney casino has so far sparked the resignation of Star CEO Matt Bekier, and prompted a shareholder class action against the gambling giant by law firm Slater and Gordon.

It has also led to calls for a similar inquiry into the ASX-listed company’s two Queensland casinos.

Oliver White, Star corporate general counsel, situs will take the witness stand for a second day on Wednesday to be quizzed over his knowledge of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing practices at the casino operator.

He has so far denied using the term «confidential and privileged» on casino communications to shield it from producing documents to the regulator, but has conceded at times failing to live up to Star’s corporate value of «do the right thing».

The inquiry has previously been told that Suncity, a Macau-based junket operator with alleged organised crime links, had an exclusive access deal over a VIP room known as Salon 95 at The Star where an illegal cage was operated.

It has also heard claims Star enabled money laundering at its international operations, breached rules on the use of Chinese debit cards, and allowed patrons to walk out of the casino with large numbers of gaming chips.

Another Star lawyer, group general counsel Andrew Power, is also due to front the inquiry this week along with top brass Paula Martin and Mark Walker.

Chief financial officer Harry Theodore, chief casino officer Greg Hawkins and Mr Bekier are due to take the stand next week.