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Issued: Thursday, 30 October 2014
Following the announcement today that the ICAC will hold a public inquiry into allegations concerning the conduct of Margaret Cunneen SC and Stephen Wyllie, I have discussed with the Director of Public Prosecutions the issue of Ms Cunneen's involvement in continuing current or future prosecutions.
The Director of Public Prosecutions has advised me that in discussions with Ms Cunneen SC she has agreed that it is appropriate for her to stand aside and to have no active involvement in any current prosecution or future prosecution until the resolution of the ICAC hearing whereupon the situation will be reviewed.
It is important to recognise that any individual appearing before ICAC has the presumption of innocence and Ms Cunneen, as with any other NSW citizen, has an absolute entitlement in that regard.
The matter will now proceed through the normal processes of ICAC.