EXCLUSIVE: Emergency legal orders have forced True Crime News Weekly to pull down a major story revealing an overseas nation and its government have become angered after discovering controversial lawyer-turned-snitch, Nicola Gobbo, has been in forced hiding in that nation for almost a year after entering the country with a passport in another name provided to her by Victoria Police and the Australian Government.
Angered by the duplicity of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government and Victoria Police, sources close to an overseas nation’s government have revealed they are now calling for the immediate removal of lawyer-turned-snitch, Nicola Gobbo, after she was forcibly left in that particular nation earlier this year.
True Crime News Weekly earlier this week revealed and named the location of Ms Gobbo’s hideout spot but was forced to pull down the story five minutes after it was published on Friday, December 13 when Victoria Police and Ms Gobbo’s legal team from Liberal Party-aligned firm Minter Ellison applied for and received an emergency legal order at the Lawyer X Royal Commission in Melbourne to prevent publication of the snitch lawyer’s current whereabouts.
The emergency legal order taken out earlier this week to specifically prevent True Crime News Weekly from revealing to the public the current whereabouts of laywer-turned-snitch Nicola Gobbo (Image: Supplied)
Ms Gobbo, 46, is said to have entered the overseas nation with a passport under a different name and has been there for nearly a year on a tourist visa. It has been claimed that government and police officials from Australia have threatened Ms Gobbo that her two children will be removed from her and placed into state care if she tries to leave and return to Australia.
Ms Gobbo is at the centre of a growing police and government corruption scandal after it was publicly revealed she had been acting as a police informant for a decade or more while being a criminal barrister and representing some of Victoria’s most notorious criminals.
One high-level source close to the overseas nation’s government has informed True Crime News Weekly that their country has been used by the Australian Government and Victoria Police to whitewash the delicate problem on their hands in the shape of Ms Gobbo.
“Early in 2019 police officers from Melbourne, Australia brought Miss Nicola Gobbo and her two young children to [COUNTRY REDACTED] and threatened them that if they went back to Australia, they would immediately remove her children from her,” the source revealed.
“She is petrified … The whole plan by their Police and Government was to silence her and keep her away from her resources.”
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The source has informed this publication the Australian Government has kept their nation’s government completely in the dark about their unwanted guest.
“It is just outrageous that nobody in Government has been advised and the Australian PM needs to be asked about why they did this to an innocent Australian citizen and her children and why choose our country?” the source said.
“Why won’t they allow her to go home to Australia? She faces no criminal charges and has no criminal history but the Australian Government’s deception of [COUNTRY REDACTED] foreign policy and affairs is a diplomatic scandal of high importance.”
The source continued:
“She has been in [COUNTRY REDACTED] for a year on a tourist visa and is here because the police in Australia have said publicly that she is at high risk of being murdered. Their solution was to make their problem go away by making her [this nation’s] dirty little secret.
“If she is in such danger then why should [this nation’s] citizens be exposed to such a threat?”
Earlier this week, Ms Gobbo gave a taped televised interview to the ABC’s 7.30 program. The program did not identify where the interview took place. True Crime News Weekly elected to identify Ms Gobbo’s location as we were made aware that her presence in the overseas nation in question has angered segments of that nation’s government. We also admittedly have very little sympathy for someone who had all the privilege in the world and chose to allegedly take part in corrupt activities with dodgy police and acted against all basic legal ethics for years and years and years. Further, if Ms Gobbo was not wanting anybody to try locate her at the current moment in time, it perhaps would have been prudent not to give a nationally televised interview this week.
The interview Ms Gobbo gave to 7.30 angered Commissioner Margaret McMurdo who is heading the Lawyer X royal commission which is currently holding hearings in Melbourne. Ms Gobbo has so far refused to appear at the royal commission despite being the reason for its very being on the supposed grounds that she is too ill.
During the interview with 7.30, Ms Gobbo said her biggest remaining fear was corrupt police, and that if she were to end up being arrested and charged, so should plenty of police officers.
“Anything I did or didn’t do was at the behest and control, and with the full knowledge and imprimatur of Victoria Police,” Ms Gobbo told the ABC.
“So, if I did or didn’t do something, it was because of them, or at least with their knowledge and with their approval. So, if I’m to be charged, then I suppose we’ll be in the dock together.”
Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne refused to comment about the growing scandal when her office was contacted by telephone earlier this week.
Before receiving their emergency legal orders to prevent this publication from revealing Ms Gobbo’s forced hideout spot, Victoria Police had told True Crime News Weekly that our truthful reporting conducted in the public interest was somehow unethical and wrong.
“If you do publish a location it would be grossly reckless and irresponsible to put her and her children at risk in this way,” a spokesperson from Victoria Police claimed.
As we pointed out to Victoria Police, it is they who have been completely reckless and grossly irresponsible in these matters for over a decade or more. Further, if this minor publication is aware of the whereabouts of Ms Gobbo, it goes without saying that criminal gangs and corrupt police have also been privy to the information in some shape or form.
True Crime News Weekly is now calling upon the Federal and Victorian governments to immediately return Ms Gobbo back to Australia where she may be questioned by Commissioner Margaret McMurdo at the Lawyer X royal commission next month. She should be provided full protection from corrupt police who may wish to do her harm. If Victoria Police cannot assure Ms Gobbo’s safety in Australia, it may say all we need to know about the democratic veneers of this crumbling nation.
It’s about time the nasty, insidious filth that is police corruption is met head on.
What a story! Well said, on the topic of police corruption. I believe that it is her silence which is keeping her alive, not her “hidden” location, which is, as noted here, well known to many.
This is what John Silvester, a Melbourne crime reporter said about her TV interview. She states she is not in witness protection. This has nothing to do with Scott Morison, this is a Victorian Government matter, nothing to do with the National Government,
“She’s fit enough to give an interview for television
Sly says Ms Gobbo’s interview proves her suggestion she is too sick to give evidence the the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants is untrue.
“She’s fit enough to give evidence to a royal commission, so the suggestion of ill health goes out the window!” he told 3AW’s Kate and Quarters.
She claims she needs at least a thousand hours to prepare to give evidence to the royal commissioner
“Nicki, you’re not a lawyer, you’re a witness,” Sly said.
“You know what you do as a witness? You rock in, you take the oath and you tell the truth. You don’t need a thousand hours to prepare just to tell the truth!”
A lot of what she says is palpable nonsense
Ms Gobbo’s claim she was sneaked into the Purana Taskforce office in the early hours of the morning doesn’t add up.
“She claimed to her handlers that an unnamed member of Purana secreted her into the office in the early hours of the morning so that she could alter a witnesses statement. That was at 412 St Kilda Road,” Sly said.
“That’s a 24 hour police station. The idea of bringing in, at that point, a star and controversial defence lawyer into probably the most secret and secure office in Victoria Police history, would be fraught with danger … You could just print the statement off and get it changed off site, or take a screenshot! Plus the actual witness signed the statement afterwards, so it hardly makes sense.”
She says the police have threatened to take her kids
Sly says Ms Gobbo has confused the police with the High Court.
“The High Court said ‘your behaviour is such that you are risking your children and if you do not go into protection something will have to be done to protect those children’. It is actually Nicola Gobbo’s behaviour that has put her children at risk,” he said.
She says she was manipulated by police to become an informer
This doesn’t add up, because Ms Gobbo turned informer more than once.
“She was an informer three times from 1994 onwards,” Sly said.
She says she was acting in noble cause, but she wasn’t
“She was totally compromised,” Sly said.
“This is a lawyer who carried burner phones so she could speak to her clients on non-legal matters, on criminal matters, and hopefully not be detected!”
She’s incorrectly referred to as a ‘gangland lawyer’.
“No, she was a lawyer who was a MEMBER of the gangland,” Sly said.
“She was a criminal.”
Where were the lawyers in all of this?
“So many lawyers and judges have said that they spoke to her and said ‘you’re running too close to your clients’ and they were concerned about her ethics,” Sly said.
“Why wasn’t she called in and given a mentor and told ‘your behaviour is unacceptable, you will report to this person from the ethics committee once a week, and if your behaviour doesn’t improve we’re going to take your ticket’?
“Everyone’s talking about what the police did, but what did the lawyers do?”
She says she was forced to continue as an informer, but it doesn’t add up
“The handlers were trying to get her out, Sly said.
“They wanted her to stop talking to Mokbel, but she wanted to be the star of the show.”
She wanted to be in the spotlight
Ms Gobbo loved being the star of the show, and Sly says when she fell out of favour she would do anything to regain the spotlight.
“When she became an informer, at the end of one year she wanted a celebration and she asked her handlers ‘am I the best informer you’ve ever had? I won’t stop until I am’ … That’s why she ended up wearing a wire on the Hodson matter, which was incredibly stupid … because she had moved from centre stage to the chorus and she hated it,” he said.
“She had to be front of stage.”
Maybe get the facts straight before calling Police corrupt. Maybe incompetent at a senior level would be more descriptive.
Bruce gave John Silvester a lot of words pinning the blame on Gobbo and minimising police culpability. Dirty police are as guilty as Gobbo and that is why they are hiding her.
Sylvester is the son of a cop and a demonstrated cop fanboy.
Who can ever forget the disgusting tv show in which he white washed the cowardly cops that murdered a young boy in Clifton Hill? Surrounded by four cops, two of them filled the schoolboy full of bullets because he had a knife. He gave them a platform to peddle their self defense nonsense.
One of those murdering pigs transferred to Mill Park station and enjoys a reputation as a bash artist.
Sylvester you are nothing but a tabloid hack and police apologist.