Jailed Gobbo shopper needs to know if different lawyer was additionally informer

Madafferi additionally needs to know whether or not his long-time solicitor, Joseph Acquaro, was additionally an informer however says police are taking part in their playing cards near their chest.

“Victoria Police has refused to inform him in some way whether or not his solicitor for 15 years … was a police informer,” Ms Boston stated. She stated it was “not acceptable” that Madafferi had been in jail for therefore lengthy given the conduct of the police.

Nicola Gobbo with Joe 'Pino' Acquaro (far left), who was later slain outside his Brunswick gelati shop, and Calabrian mafia boss Pasquale Barbaro.

Nicola Gobbo with Joe ‘Pino’ Acquaro (far left), who was later slain outdoors his Brunswick gelati store, and Calabrian mafia boss Pasquale Barbaro.Credit score:9 Information

Sashi Maharaj, QC, performing for Victoria Police, advised the court docket it was the chief commisisoner’s place that he “can’t verify nor deny” whether or not Mr Acquaro was an informer.

Mr Acquaro was shot lifeless in 2016 and a person is awaiting trial for his homicide.Madafferi has been given 12,000 pages of paperwork associated to the tomato tins case however has been refused entry to extra recordsdata which he sought to assist along with his attraction.

Judicial Registrar Ian Irving was not glad there was a necessity for Madafferi to be given extra paperwork.

Ms Maharaj stated there had already been a “beneficiant” disclosure of paperwork to Madafferi, and that Victoria Police would hand over extra if compelled to take action.

“You may have 12,000 pages. Go and research it. In the event you want extra we can be comfortable to oblige,” Ms Maharaj stated.

However Ms Boston stated the paperwork given to Madafferi had been closely redacted and doubted he, the court docket or the general public may have faith in Victoria Police to reveal extra.


Attorneys for Victoria Police and Commonwealth prosecutors stated there was no proof Ms Gobbo was formally employed as Madafferi’s barrister. Nonetheless, Ms Boston stated Madafferi was instructing and acquiring recommendation from Ms Gobbo up till 2009.

Pasquale Barbaro, Rob Karam and Saverio Zirilli are amongst these jailed over the tomato tins import who are actually interesting towards their convictions and jail phrases given Ms Gobbo’s involvement and the conduct of police in permitting her to work as an informer whereas she was a defence lawyer.

Drug lord Tony Mokbel, though not a part of the tomato tins importation, can be difficult his convictions given his lengthy affiliation with Ms Gobbo.

Salvatore Agresta, who was jailed over the tomato tins import, was on Thursday set to hunt extra paperwork to assist along with his attraction. However his lawyer, Jonathan Barreiro, deserted the request after watching Judicial Registrar Irving rule towards Madafferi.

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