Tony Mokbel is "very anxious" for an appeal hearing to start, his lawyer says, as the jailed crime boss challenges his convictions given his past association with lawyer-turned-snitch Nicola Gobbo.
Dressed in a black suit, white shirt and his trademark red tie, Mokbel appeared via video link before the Court of Appeal on Wednesday for an administrative hearing focused on the written submissions outlining his appeal.
Tony Mokbel outside the Supreme Court in 2006.Credit:Angela Wylie
He sat passively and said nothing during Wedensday's hearing.
The 55-year-old drug trafficker is serving a 30-year prison term but argues his convictions are tainted because of Ms Gobbo's involvement in his case while she was his lawyer but also a registered police informer providing assistance to investigators.
Mokbel's new lawyer, Richard Maidment, QC, said his client had for "many years" sought the disclosure of material that would assist his case and was now keen to have his legal challenge heard in the Court of Appeal.
"He is very anxious now to proceed as quickly as possible to a hearing," Mr Maidment said.
Nicola Gobbo with Tony Mokbel, who she also represented. Credit:ninevms
But Mokbel will have to wait longer than he hoped before his day in court as federal and state prosecutors were granted extra time to file responses to his written outline.
Judicial registrar Ian Irving granted the prosecutors eight weeks instead of the usual four to file their responses given the volume of material. Mokbel had opposed the extension of time.
At the next administrative hearing, the judicial registrar and lawyers will likely discuss whether Mokbel's formal application for leave to appeal is raised in the same hearing as the appeal proper.
Some appeal cases are split into a leave to appeal hearing, which determines whether the challenge goes ahead. Federal prosecutor Raelene Sharp said on Wednesday it made sense for both of Mokbel's hearings to be conducted simultaneously.
The next directions hearing will be heard after November 25, which is the deadline for prosecutors to file their written responses.
Mokbel suffered brain injuries when stabbed and bashed in a jailyard attack at Barwon Prison by two young inmates in February last year.
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