Crown is close to completing its $2.4 billion casino, hotel and luxury apartment tower at Sydney’s Barangaroo, which is due to open its doors early next year.
The casino’s licence explicitly forbids recently deceased Macau gambling tycoon Stanley Ho – the father of Melco boss Lawrence Ho – and a list of associates and related corporate entities from any involvement in Crown’s casino due to allegations of his links to organised crime.
ILGA’s inquiry is on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is not yet clear how much it will still focus on Melco when it resumes. Melco sold the last of its shares in Crown in April at a loss of nearly $330 million. Stanley Ho died three weeks ago, aged 98.
The ILGA inquiry conducted by former Supreme Court Justice Patricia Bergin, SC, was also set up to examine revelations by this masthead that Crown went into business with high-roller tour companies called “junkets” with links to powerful Asian crime syndicates.