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AustraliaTony Mokbel's plan to end Melbourne's gangland war revealed at Lawyer X royal commission

10:00  11 september  2019
10:00  11 september  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Tony Mokbel tried to broker deal with police, Lawyer X royal commission hears

Tony Mokbel tried to broker deal with police, Lawyer X royal commission hears The convicted drug lord tried to broker a deal with police to end Melbourne's bloody gangland war in 2004, according to the former boss of Victoria's anti-gangland taskforce. © AAP: Julian Smith Tony Mokbel approached police about a deal, the Lawyer X royal commission heard. The Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants heard former detective inspector Jim O'Brien met with Mokbel who offered up Carl Williams, Assam Ahmed and another associate. "Basically, what he was saying is everybody was negotiable, but not the family and that he controlled that," Mr O'Brien told the commission on Tuesday.

© AAP: Julian Smith Tony Mokbel approached police about a deal, the Lawyer X royal commission heard. The Royal Commission into the He told the inquiry Mokbel called for the meeting and the offer was the three would do "short stints" in jail to end the drug war playing out across Melbourne .

The Melbourne gangland killings were the murders of 36 criminal figures in Melbourne , Victoria, Australia between 16 January 1998 and 13 August 2010. The murders were in a series of retributive murders involving various underworld groups.

Tony Mokbel's plan to end Melbourne's gangland war revealed at Lawyer X royal commission© AAP: Julian Smith Tony Mokbel approached police about a deal, the Lawyer X royal commission heard. As pressure on his drug cartel mounted and with many of Tony Mokbel's associates before the courts, in 2004 the drug trafficker met with two drug squad detectives at Yarra Bend Park and tried to broker a deal.

In the candid and colourful conversation with Detective Sergeant Martin Robertson and his colleague, who can't be named, Mokbel proposes his radical plan that he says will ease the pressure on a court system in "turmoil" and bring "peace to the streets".

The police are there to get information about gangland murders.

Lawyer X royal commission hears Tony Mokbel cried continually in jail after his arrest in Athens

Lawyer X royal commission hears Tony Mokbel cried continually in jail after his arrest in Athens When drug trafficker Tony Mokbel was captured following a 15-month manhunt, he called his lawyer Nicola Gobbo from custody in Athens. She told police he was "not handling jail well, continually crying" but was determined that he would not "roll" on corrupt police. © ABC NEWS Melbourne gangland figure Mick Gatto The former head of the Purana anti-gangland taskforce, Jim O'Brien, told Tuesday's inquiry he received all her information but never used it. "I knew Tony Mokbel was going to jerk the legal system around for the next 12 months," he said.

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Lawyer X : The gangland lawyer that shaped Melbourne ' s underworld. Tony Mokbel never knew the lawyer representing him was working for police. The pressure on police and politicians to end the carnage was immense. It will be alleged at an upcoming royal commission into Informer 3838 that it

Mokbel tells them he was "relieved" when underworld figure Mick Gatto killed his associate Andrew "Benji" Veniamin, and he goes on to defend the 2003 public murder of his rival Jason Moran.

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Tony Mokbel and Nicola Gobbo are all smiles leaving the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in April Mokbel is chatting with another lawyer as Gobbo walks behind the pair. There are no smiles this It’ s not clear when Gobbo and Purana detectives teamed up to end the gangland war , but a letter the

Nicola Gobbo told police she was an agent of Tony Mokbel ’ s criminal enterprise who was paid in drug money and enlisted to pervert the criminal justice system, the Lawyer X royal The hearings continue next week with Commander Stuart Bateson, an integral investigator into Melbourne ’ s gangland war

That conversation was secretly recorded and parts have now been made public by the Royal Commission Into the Management of Police Informants.

The commission is looking into how Victoria Police used barrister Nicola Gobbo, also known as Lawyer X or Informer 3838, as a human source.

The hearings are now focusing on the help Ms Gobbo gave police during Melbourne's infamous gangland wars, which saw a swathe of criminals murdered across Melbourne — something the transcripts show Mokbel was trying to stop.

Mokbel offers to 'nod our heads' to charges

Mokbel tells the police three of his associates would be willing to go to jail if it would end the drug war.

Tony Mokbel: "If we nod our heads to some of these charges, are youse prepared to nod ya head[?]"

Mokbel: "Because I think it'll give peace to the streets, number one … like we go and do a little bit of time and leave the streets to youse."

Police missed tip-off about Mokbel before he fled to Greece, Lawyer X hearing told

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Nicola Gobbo with gangland boss, Tony Mokbel and Melbourne barrister, Con Heliotis, QC, (right) outside the Magistrates Court.Source:News Limited. The ' Lawyer X ' scandal is poised to explode into the public consciousness as new revelations are revealed during a Royal Commission which is

A glamorous gangland lawyer who has spent years trying to out a barrister who ratted on her clients to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday announced a Royal Commission would investigate the “If you’re his ( Tony Mokbel ’ s ) defence lawyer , you would say, how do we know that he was not

If not, Mokbel tells the police he is prepared to tie up the court system, including his own case, which he thinks he can drag out for 10 years.

Mokbel: "End of the day, right, if we can just go there, get a good deal happening, OK, where everyone's happy like … the money you save, by the all the bulls---, the commotions that's get inside the court cases, all that c--p goes on down there, OK. Mate, let me tell you something, they'll go happily in there."

Mokbel tells them Carl Williams is willing to do a deal and says that, in fact, he'd just spoken to him 20 minutes earlier.

The detectives use the meeting to get Mokbel talking about gangland murders.

Martin Robertson: "There are people dying left right and centre. Isn't there?"

Mokbel: "I'm not going to comment on that. I mean it's just there, it's black and white."

Within minutes he goes there.

Mokbel: "But like, but you can see, I can see and you can see I'm sure that it's not very long where probably an innocent person is going to get hurt."

Mokbel: "The judges are sickened by it, ya know. You can see it by miles away."

Robertson: "But the argument can go the other way. The magistrates are now, I mean the killings have turned the heat on you blokes. The magistrates are reading the papers and they're saying, no these blokes are actually killing people now, they're not just dealing drugs."

Police believed Gobbo had been a major drug dealer at Melbourne University

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Lawyer X : The gangland lawyer that shaped Melbourne ' s underworld. Mokbel was jailed for 30 years for his role as a drug kingpin during the gangland war and Karam was jailed for The pressure on police and politicians to end the carnage was immense. It will be alleged it was that pressure that

Tony Mokbel , a key figure in Melbourne ’ s gangland wars , has reportedly been stabbed in Barwon prison. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images. But the Lawyer X scandal has opened a possible window of appeal to Mokbel . Williams’ killing came on the same day as a newspaper report outlining that

Mokbel is seemingly offended by the suggestion he would admit to murder.

Mokbel: "Well don't, don't, don't ever put that to me ever again 'cause I'll disrespect ya. I'll be honest with ya."

Robertson: "Well then it's up to you."

He goes on to warn police it could get a lot worse.

Mokbel: "You'd be surprised how big the picture's going to be probably in six months. I'm telling ya it's a, it's a huge, it's a huge thing for youse in that regard."

Robertson: "Mm."

Mokbel: "Because like I said at the end of the day look, honestly, ya know, I don't want to see any of my, anyone else getting f***in' killed, I'll tell you right now."

Sergeant Robertson tells Mokbel his bosses want the killings to stop — and maybe having a few "main players" inside would help and "loosen a few lips down the track".

'Benji was a very dangerous bloke'

A month before the meeting Mokbel's associate, Veniamin, had been killed by underworld figure Mick Gatto.

Mr Gatto was later acquitted of murder, with the jury finding he shot Veniamin in self-defence.

Despite Veniamin being close Williams, who was one of Mokbel's men, he tells police Mr Gatto had done them a favour.

Mokbel: "He was, ah, he was a dangerous, very dangerous bloke. You wouldn't know which, one day if he was on your side or not on your side."

Robertson: "No I know. Yeah."

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Melbourne ’ s gangland wars were at their height between 2000 and 2004. Paterson told the royal commission that police continued to receive information from Gobbo until then chief Three legal actions have already begun and Mokbel is among those who said he would challenge his conviction.

Mokbel: "Yeah I look, oh look I was having a little talk to someone just the other day. I said in one sense we're very relieved. Mick, what he did, Mick was, ah, in one sense he was very relieved."

It's clear, Mokbel is no fan of Veniamin or the company he kept.

Mokbel: "Have you met f***in' Benji's mates? They haven't got a f***in' brain. I went to the f***in' house, mate there was f***in' 60, 70 of them, between them all, if you put them all together they haven't got a f***in' half a brain. And that's the truth of the matter."

Morans 'their own worst enemies', Mokbel says

The conversation turns to the public killing of his rival Jason Moran, who was shot dead alongside his minder Pasquale Barbaro in a van outside an Auskick football clinic.

Robertson: "…But gloves went off when they shot Moran in front of, ya know, 10 kids…"

For Mokbel that was a kill or be killed situation.

Mokbel: "He wasn't a bad bloke. He never done nothing wrong to me."

Mokbel: "But the thing is at the end of the day, if he was going every f***in' loose cannon and saying listen I'll give you 150 to set up this bloke, 100 grand to set up this bloke and this and that … if you're f***in' going around to everybody and putting hits on me left, right and centre, am I supposed to do? Sit there and wait for some bloke…"

Robertson: "A case of self-defence."

Mokbel: "But you know what I'm trying to say? They're their own, their own worst enemies."

But when it comes to Mokbel's deal that he wants to take to the then Director of Public Prosecutions, Paul Coghlan, the police aren't impressed.

Robertson: "I don't think anything like this has been attempted."

Mokbel: "Yeah."

Robertson: "Not a multiple-case deal."

Mokbel: "But what, this will stop. I'll tell ya if it's going to stop a royal commission, this will stop it."

Robertson: "Oh my god it could even start one."

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