Police informant Nicola Gobbo has told ABC that she is concerned that the Victoria Police Department may prevent her from helping the special investigator investigate the legal scandal.
- Nicola Gobbo says she will be “silenced and shut down”
- Attorney Tim Tobin SC believes Ms. Gobbo would consider giving evidence against the police if requested
- The President of the Victorian Bar Association, Chris Blanden, condemns any interference with the privileged communication between lawyer and client
The Victorian government will appoint a special investigator to look into evidence to back up the charges against Ms. Gobbo and the police involved in her role as gangland informant.
In a statement on ABC’s Trace: The Informer podcast, Ms. Gobbo said she had been cared for, controlled and manipulated by the Victoria Police, and that she had continued to be “silenced and shut down in the form of coercive detention with fewer human rights than one convicted Terrorist. ” “.
“It is a perversity that the organization that orchestrated this situation and which, according to the Royal Commission, has the most to lose, stands between me and a special investigator,” said Ms. Gobbo.
Ms. Gobbo stated in her statement that she was “still under the control of the police”.
Attorney says Gobbo would consider giving testimony
Her lawyer, Tim Tobin SC, said he hadn’t seen his client in 12 months and could no longer shed light on her situation.
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“I am concerned about the situation but I can’t say more,” he said.
“I just didn’t see her.”
He told Trace, The Informer, shared some of his client’s concerns about whether the police might obstruct her access to the special investigator.
“There are police officers who would be the investigator’s target from the royal commission,” said Tobin.
“There is a risk that the access Nicola would like to use to help the investigator will not be made available.
“Whatever Nicola did wrong and there is a lot, none of it could have been done without the actions of the police.
“And since then, she has been under very significant police control. Right now there is a real conflict over what to do in the future since she is in control of the police.” her.”
Tim Tobin SC represented Nicola Gobbo and said she would consider testifying against the police if asked. (ABC News: Dan Harrison)
Victoria Police said in a statement to ABC that they could not comment but “have committed to cooperate fully in any further investigation.”
The special investigator cannot start work for more than a year as the recommendation of the Royal Commission gave the Victorian government 12 months to first develop laws to establish the investigative body and to give it “necessary powers and resources”.
The head of the Victorian Justice Department told a parliamentary committee this week that she expected a special investigator to be appointed early next year.
Former Attorney General Jill Hennessey, who resigned this week and said she wanted to spend more time with her family, told the committee this week it was difficult to find the right person for the special investigation job since Ms. Gobbo had been briefing for so long.
Mr Tobin said his client would consider giving evidence against the police if requested.
“Although Nicola has been found to have acted in a materially inadequate manner … she has an interest in justice,” he said.
“And to the extent that justice might need her to testify, it would surely consider that.”
Inexplicable computer interference
The senior attorney also said there was a second wiretapping attempt on his computer in his legal chambers, after recently appearing on behalf of his notorious client.
He had previously told Trace: The Informer that he lost contact with his client and had his computer shut down remotely during a legally privileged call to Ms. Gobbo earlier this year.
The attorney said his computer was shut down remotely after ending a call over the past few weeks acting through Zoom in court for Ms. Gobbo.
An IT investigation had not revealed who was responsible.
Victoria Police previously said this had nothing to do with the interception.
“Any circumstances in which you do not know who is listening to your calls or who is able to intercept your e-mails are of great concern, especially if the type of material that is often discussed is privileged or highly sensitive material,” said he said.
“If it gets into the wrong people’s hands, it can have dire consequences,” said Tobin.
In a statement to the ABC, Victorian attorney president Chris Blanden QC said that privileged and confidential communication between attorney and client is one of the cornerstones of our justice system.
“The bar strongly condemns any interference in this trustworthy relationship,” said Blanden.