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Crown director Harold Mitchell hopes to never hear the word ‘junket’ again

Crown Resorts director Harold Mitchell has told an inquiry into the casino group that the company should have never dealt with high rollers with criminal records and he hopes he never hears the word junket again.

Mr Mitchell, who has been a Crown director since 2011, took to the witness box to face examination over his knowledge of Crown’s dealings with junket operators and high rollers with links to organised crime gangs and the group’s troubles in China that led to those now famous 2016 arrests of Crown staff.

Harold Mitchell giving evidence to the Crown inquiry from his apartment.

Harold Mitchell giving evidence to the Crown inquiry from his apartment.

The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority inquiry was triggered by a series of reports by The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and 60 Minutes last year about Crown’s junket partners, its failure to stop money laundering at its Melbourne and Perth casinos, and how it put its staff in danger of arrest in China.

Mr Mitchell was taken to reports on the criminal activities of one high roller Crown dealt with, Qiyun Zhou, and shown photos of Crown executive Barry Felstead with his arm around Mr Qiyun. He was also taken to emails that showed Crown staff in China had been threatened with violence if they stopped advancing credit to Mr Qiyun.

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