Can read all his articles in full from here https://www.facebook.com/john.silvester.96Thanks PD but I can't get into that article. Having a laugh at Sly though, has he specified what those new charges might be?
Operation Kayak is what Sly has probably been told to allude to....
If Tony thinks he can disappear if his convictions are quashed, then his recent bang on the head from a prison bashing has damaged his thought process. Not only has he forgotten that he pleaded guilty, he also doesn’t remember there is a truckload of statements, recordings and forensic evidence that has not been presented against him.
Sitting somewhere in the Victoria Police Crime Command is a fat file called Kayak that could lead to Tony being caught up a creek without a legal paddle.
Because he pleaded guilty, he was given a sentencing discount - 30 years with a minimum of 22 - with the judge saying that without his admission of guilt he would have been given life.
We can reveal that behind closed doors Mokbel only agreed to plead guilty to charges from three separate investigations - code named Orbital, Quills and Magnum - on the condition that the much bigger charges from Kayak were shelved. He was sentenced over 45 kilograms of drugs. Kayak involved an importation 12 times that size.
Those in the know say there is no chance Mokbel’s conviction will be overturned but if it were, police would dust off the Kayak file and he could be re-charged before he could open the minibar in a five-star hotel.
Stashed in a consignment of bargain-basement toilets, the Serbian container held drugs with a black market value of $20 million. But it could be used to produce 40 million designer pills with a street value of $2 billion.
The container was shipped to Mokbel’s heartland in Coburg. Mokbel told Joe he transported the chemicals to a bush safe haven. Wherever he stashed it he did a thorough job, because it has never been found.
Kayak investigators declared the chemicals were imported in 22 tubs, each containing 25 kilos of ephedrine. Mokbel sold one for $500,000 and planned to move another to cover the shipment cost. Joe posed as a potential buyer and was given a 27.2-gram sample. Forensic testing on the sample matched ephedrine traces in a toilet in the container. Drug swipes also proved positive in five of the eight bowls and basins examined.
The container was located in a Coburg warehouse controlled by Milad Mokbel. The toilets and basins were transported to a property site in Sunbury, where Tony Mokbel was investing in building a block of units, but were later judged to be of inferior quality and destroyed.
There were hundreds of telephone and face-to-face conversations captured with Mokbel buying and selling drugs and chemicals, discussing amphetamine cooks and accessing pill presses. None of this had anything to do with Gobbo.
The evidence was overwhelming. So why wasn’t it put before the court when Mokbel was finally grabbed in August 2001?
That was because Joe saw some in the then Drug Squad were corrupt and blew the whistle, resulting in three detectives being charged – which meant the Mokbel case was put on hold until they were prosecuted (all three were jailed).
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