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TOPIC: Worksafe and Mokbel death threat

Worksafe and Mokbel death threat 2 months 4 days ago #4457

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Kelly Harris and Worksafe Victoria's IME Review know that victims of unethical and immoral practices (see Ombudsman files on IMEs) can result in toxic workplaces becoming dangerous. Coronial Inquests might help to uncover the cover ups too. What do you think?

www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/tony...20200130-p53w91.html
By A staff reporter
January 30, 2020 — 11.42pm


Crime boss Tony Mokbel has threatened the life of one of the senior police officers responsible for his prosecution and jailing for drug trafficking.

Victoria Police sources say the threat against the detective who once worked in the Purana anti-gangland taskforce is considered genuine and credible and is now under investigation by an internal security squad. The veteran officer, who cannot be named for safety reasons, is also now receiving special protection.
Tony Mokbel when he was caught by police in Greece.

Tony Mokbel when he was caught by police in Greece.

A police spokeswoman said: “Victoria Police does not comment on any matters relating to threats against current or former members for safety reasons.”

Underworld sources say Mokbel’s behaviour has become increasingly erratic since he was brutally bashed and stabbed in the yard of Barwon Prison last year. He sustained a serious head injury in the attack and spent several days in a coma.
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It’s the second time recently that Mokbel, who is serving a 30-year sentence, has been linked to a serious threat against someone seen to have crossed the infamous gangster. In early January, News Corp Australia reported that Victoria Police was investigating a threat to the safety of an unnamed journalist by associates of the Mokbel crime family.

Mokbel blames Purana and his former barrister-turned-police informer, Nicola Gobbo, for his extradition from Greece in 2008. He had fled there from Australia nearly two years earlier in the middle of a cocaine importation trial.
Nicola Gobbo and her one-time client, Tony Mokbel, in happier days.

Nicola Gobbo and her one-time client, Tony Mokbel, in happier days.Credit:Nine

Purana targeted Mokbel as a major player in Melbourne’s underworld – along with a long list of his associates and business partners – from the time it was formed in 2003 to combat the city’s bloody underworld war.

After his forced return to Australia, Mokbel pleaded guilty to other serious drug trafficking charges which resulted in a minimum jail sentence of 22 years and a maximum of 30 years. He also faced two murder indictments but prosecutors ultimately withdrew the charge relating to the death of drug dealer Michael Marshall, and a jury found Mokbel not guilty of killing “Carlton Crew” figure Lewis Moran.

The 54-year-old is claiming that without Purana’s reliance on intelligence provided by Gobbo, his long-time lawyer and trusted associate, he would never have been convicted and would instead be a free man today.

The Age has previously revealed police were assessing whether it was possible to revive a number of dormant drug cases against the notorious gangster and potentially seek to press new criminal charges against him in the unlikely event his current convictions are overturned. Purana has also worked to have millions of dollars in cash, property and other assets seized from Mokbel and his associates. Gobbo has repeatedly claimed to have had a key role in orchestrating these seizures.

A Department of Justice and Community Safety spokeswoman declined to comment on the incident, saying the agency does not discuss the affairs of individual prisoners.

"Prisoner placements are regularly monitored and reviewed, and may be modified where an assessment finds their risk and individual requirements have changed," she said.

The Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants is currently probing whether Victoria Police’s decision to employ Gobbo as a registered police informer has potentially corrupted dozens, if not hundreds, of investigations. She was an informer in 1995, 1999 and between 2005 and 2009.

Faruk Orman, who was convicted of participation in a murder as a getaway driver, has had his conviction quashed by the Victoria Court of Appeal as a result of the exposure of Gobbo’s work informing on her own clients.
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