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Australia Lawyer X royal commissioner asks why Nicola Gobbo gave 7.30 interview but hasn't given evidence

04:40  11 december  2019
04:40  11 december  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Lawyer X will be forced to front royal commission

  Lawyer X will be forced to front royal commission Victoria's notorious Lawyer X will be forced to give evidence at the royal commission into the police handling of informants, despite arguing she is too sick. Victoria's notorious Lawyer X will be forced to give evidence at the royal commission into the police handling of informants, de Lawyer-turned-informer Nicola Gobbo will give evidence via telephone to the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informers, commissioner Margaret McMurdo ruled today.https://twitter.

Ashton will conclude his evidence on Wednesday. Gobbo told 7 . 30 she could not return to Australia Earlier in December, the royal commission ordered Gobbo give evidence over the phone. Asked if she was concerned about being charged for allegedly altering witness statements and interfering with

Nicola Gobbo , also known as Lawyer X , helped bring down some of Victoria’s most notorious criminals after being recruited by Victoria We were not given any opportunity to explain anything to anybody, or particularly in The full interview with Ms Gobbo airs on the ABC’s 7 . 30 program on Tuesday night.

a close up of a person: Nicola Gobbo spoke to 7.30 from an undisclosed foreign country in an interview that aired last night. (ABC News: Greg Nelson)© Provided by ABC NEWS Nicola Gobbo spoke to 7.30 from an undisclosed foreign country in an interview that aired last night. (ABC News: Greg Nelson)

The frustrated head of the Lawyer X royal commission has demanded to know why Nicola Gobbo has refused to turn up to the inquiry to give evidence, but has given a "lengthy interview to nationwide media".

At the start of the inquiry today, Commissioner Margaret McMurdo asked Ms Gobbo's lawyer why his client had spoken to the ABC's 7.30 program at the same time he was arguing she was too unwell to face questioning.

Lawyer Rishi Nathwani told the commission he was "unequivocally" unaware that Ms Gobbo had given the interview which aired on Tuesday night.

Top cop Graham Ashton accused of 'keeping a lid' on Gobbo's role

  Top cop Graham Ashton accused of 'keeping a lid' on Gobbo's role Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton has been accused of 'attempting to conceal' Nicola Gobbo's role as Lawyer X in his first hour in the witness box at the royal commission into police informers.Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton took the stand in the royal commission investigating the force’s use of former barrister dubbed Lawyer X on Monday.

courts law . Why Chris Dawson’s family thinks Ivan Milat could have killed Lyn. But Clive Small, former assistant police commissioner who led the Milat investigation, said suggestions the serial killer could be responsible did not fit Ms Lawyer X Royal Commission: Nicola Gobbo to give evidence .

Mrs Ristevski hadn’ t used her bank accounts or phone since she disappeared. Her brother in law Vasko Ristevski, said at the time she may have travelled overseas on a fake passport. As Missing Person Squad detectives collected hundreds of hours of footage, police theorised she had met with foul play.

The exclusive interview with 7.30 was the first the barrister-turned-informant had given since her role with Victoria Police was made public.

The lawyer's role as a police informer — while she represented notorious gangland figures — sparked the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants.

Ms Gobbo, who has been in a secret overseas location with her two young children, had attempted to be excused from interrogation before the commission due to her health.

She has now been ordered to give evidence in January next year.

Ms McMurdo also asked Mr Nathwani for Ms Gobbo's statement, which was requested when the inquiry began at the start of the year, given Ms Gobbo had spoken about it in the media interview.

COMMISSIONER: The appearances are as they were yesterday.

'They'll kill me': Nicola Gobbo breaks silence, saying she fears police may kill her

  'They'll kill me': Nicola Gobbo breaks silence, saying she fears police may kill her "My greatest fear is the police themselves." Nicola Gobbo breaks her silence and says she felt morally obliged to give police information.The barrister-turned-informer also says she may "do things differently" in her career if she had her time again. She is living in hiding overseas with her children.

Melbourne lawyer Nicola Gobbo , who has been revealed as Lawyer X . Source: ABC. She told the ABC "it's a complicated story" and she has been ordered to give evidence to the royal commission "Either to kill me or to lead to a position where I am killed," she said. In a statement to 7 . 30 , Victoria

“They’re given a lot of power and responsibility in exercising their duties. A complaint to police over his treatment was dismissed. Great interview by @leighsales with Assistant Commissioner of #VictoriaPolice on allegations of Lawyer X Royal Commission: Nicola Gobbo to give evidence .

Before we recommence, there are a couple of matters, Mr Collinson, Mr Nathwani, I want to raise, arising out of the 7.30 program with Nicola Gobbo last night.

The first is when can the commission expect to receive this statement for the royal commission that she spoke of in the interview?

MR NATHWANI: I can't give you a definitive answer as far as that's concerned. All I can say is we are in the process of obtaining some instructions and we will report back once they're received.

COMMISSIONER: Well I expect a better answer than that tomorrow morning, thank you.

And the next matter is, it was clear from the interview that this interview was recorded last week.

Now you made submissions last week about her providing reasonable excuse to the commission for her non-attendance.

I would like to know why the commission was not informed that at or about that very time she was flying to an international destination and giving a lengthy interview to nationwide media and that was not disclosed to the commission when I was being told, instead the commission was being told that she was too unwell to give evidence.

I didn't know I was an informer: Nicola Gobbo says police manipulated her

  I didn't know I was an informer: Nicola Gobbo says police manipulated her In her first interview, Lawyer X said she was registered as an informer without her knowledge and blamed Victoria Police.The mother-of-two is in hiding, but she spoke to the ABC's 7.30 program from an undisclosed overseas location in her first interview since the scandal broke.

Nicola Gobbo , aka Lawyer X , was a police informer for underworld clients. She fled overseas with her However, she has spoken to ABC's 7 . 30 program from a secret international location We … were not given any opportunity to explain anything to anybody, or particularly in terms of the children

Nicola Gobbo is an Australian former criminal defence lawyer and police informant. Gobbo first came to public attention during the 1996 Australian federal election.

MR NATHWANI: At the time I made the submission before you last week, I hope you accept, having me appear before you, and Mr Collinson for the last 10 months, that you were not misled at all.

It was not within my knowledge at all.

And as to the dates, or otherwise, you say it's obvious it was last week, I don't accept — I can't tell you when it was recorded, all I can say it was recorded as the program suggests, prior to the submissions made to you.

I can't help you beyond that.

COMMISSIONER: So you tell me you weren't aware of that.

MR NATHWANI: Unequivocally.

COMMISSIONER: That's something you will need to discuss with your client.

MR NATHWANI: Yes.

COMMISSIONER: Thank you for that Mr Nathwani. I'll expect a report tomorrow morning and when the statement will be provided to the commission.

Lawyer X and Tony Mokbel's 'messy' situation .
Former police boss Simon Overland denied he was trying to have it both ways by getting gangland lawyer Nicola Gobbo to turn informer and still represent those she dobbed on. The ex-Victoria Police chief commissioner claims he didn't know the woman known as Lawyer X was informing on her clients. He says it's "coincidental" police began an operation to bring down her high-profile, drug kingpin client Tony Mokbel just weeks after recruiting her as an informer in September 2005.He's told a royal commission into police informants he believed Mokbel's family were the target.

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