A former building services manager at a Sydney university has denied corruption charges and claimed he acted within his duties in the best interests of his employer at all times during his tenure, a hearing of the Independent Commission Against Corruption has heard in New South Wales.
Nabil Faysal, a former staffer of the University of Technology, Sydney, made the claims in response to allegations he improperly used his position to obtain money and benefits from UTS contractors in exchange for the awarding of contracts for maintenance and refurbishment work and that he breached UTS policies by improperly disclosing confidential university information, failing to disclose conflicts of interest to the university regarding his relationship with contractors and engaging in ‘unauthorised’ secondary employment.
Nasal was fired in April after allegedly taking bribes worth almost $400,000.
Contractors have testified before the inquiry that they paid tens of thousands of dollars to Faysal after he asked for money in exchange for him using his influence to guarantee the awarding of contracts to those in question.
Some contractors have also claimed that invoices they received from Faysal’s company, NA & CW Investments Ltd, covered engineering and design work which he never did for them.
Faysal, however, has denied any wrongdoing, claiming that no code of conduct was ever attached to job contracts, his outside dealing with contractors did not cause of conflict of interest and that he became aware of the code only when he had to respond to allegations against his conduct in 2010.
“I disagree,” Faysal replied when confronted with an assertion from counsel assisting the commission Jason Downing that the alleged invoices were “created to mask money those contractors gave (him).”
“I helped them [university contractors], yes, to deliver the projects to the best interests of the university,” Faysal said.
Faysal, who claims he is unable to provide financial records from the time in question because of two computer crashes that wiped out all his data, says he never favoured his own interests over those of the university and never disclosed information which compromised the university’s confidentiality.
He does not deny having received gifts, but says he did not compromise the university at any time.
“I don’t think my behaviour at any time was wrong,” he told the inquiry.