Tony Mokbel Bio, Wiki, Age, Parents, Nationality, Siblings, Allegations, Conviction(s), Stabbed in Prison
Tony Mokbel - Australian-Lebanese criminal
Tony Mokbel Bio, Wiki
It has been alleged that in late 2002 there was a meeting of more than 10 Melbourne organised crime figures in Carlton. At that meeting, it is said that Mokbel was beaten, nearly to death, by Nik ‘The Russian’ Radev’s bodyguard, Western Australian Troy Mercanti, who was a member of the Coffin Cheaters motorcycle gang. Andrew ‘Benji’ Veniamin was ordered by his then close associate, Dominic ‘Mick’ Gatto, to take Mokbel to a female doctor. In the following couple of weeks, Mick Gatto was told that Veniamin and Mokbel became close allies.
Mokbel was reported to have paid convicted murderers, Keith Faure and Evangelos Goussis, A$150,000 for the murder of Lewis Moran, the 23rd victim of the Melbourne gangland killings. Following an investigation by Operation Purana, Mokbel was charged with Moran’s murder.
Mokbel was alleged to have laundered over A$2 million through At the Top of the Town, a high profile Melbourne CBD brothel which he purchased through a business associate. One of Mokbel’s amphetamine producers also ran a brothel in the Melbourne south eastern suburbs whilst another Mokbel gang member who trafficked large amounts of drugs for Mokbel also ran a brothel.
Tony Mokbel Extradition
Mokbel made every effort to avoid extradition to Australia. He has unsuccessfully made applications in Australia to cancel the Australian extradition attempt.
Lebanese authorities have foreshadowed making their own extradition request to the Greek courts. It is not known how Mokbel could have committed any significant crime that could be tried in or on behalf of Lebanon.
Greek authorities have indicated the serious nature of the charges to be faced in Australia would see extradition to Australia take priority over Greek prosecution of lesser fraud and corruption.
On March 18th, 2008, the Supreme Court in Athens granted Australia’s request for his extradition. The Greek justice minister’s approval was obtained in May 2008.
On May 17th, 2008, Mokbel arrived in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, at Tullamarine Airport in a Gulfstream jet along with 8 Lebanese men. The cost of the jet drew some criticism, costing the state A$450,000, though the Victorian state intends to regain the costs from Mokbel’s criminal earnings.
On February 27th, 2012, it was reported Mokbel had suffered a mild heart attack in prison.
Tony Mokbel Conviction(s)
On July 3rd, 2012, Mokbel was sentenced in the Supreme Court of Victoria to 30 years with a minimum term of 22 years.
On February 11th, 2019, Mokbel was stabbed in prison following an article in the Herald-Sun that suggested he was responsible for breaking up a protection racket.