Pratt furor continues outside court

By The New Lawyer|04 March 2013

The bitter battle over whether cardboard king and philanthropist Richard Pratt should have faced criminal charges has not been buried after his death.

The bitter battle over whether cardboard king and philanthropist Richard Pratt should have faced criminal charges has not been buried after his death. 

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Australia's fourth richest man died at his Melbourne mansion on Tuesday night, a day after prosecutors announced they would not continue with criminal charges against him related to Visy's $36 million price-fixing scandal, which marred Pratt's final years. 

But Pratt’s lawyer Leon Zwier responded angrily to comments made by ACCC chief executive officer Brian Cassidy outside the Federal Court on Wednesday. 

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“The ACCC maintains that it has acted at all times in accordance with its public responsibility … We believe as people reflect on this and the actions that were taken we will not sustain any damage,” Cassidy said. 

His comments were made immediately after a final court hearing to outline the reasons why a judge dismissed the criminal charges against Pratt for misleading the ACCC. 

Zwier replied: “I am not going to dignify the spin that has come out in any way whatsoever,” AAP reports.


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