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Corruption watchdog makes case to investigate Gobbo police

Victoria’s peak anti-corruption agency says its previous involvement in the Lawyer X saga should not preclude it from investigating current and former police who allegedly engaged in criminal conduct.

IBAC Commissioner Robert Redlich, QC, in a submission to the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants, denied his agency had previously decided police had no case to answer over their dealings with barrister-turned-informer Nicola Gobbo.

Barrister-turned-informer Nicola Gobbo.

Barrister-turned-informer Nicola Gobbo.Credit:ABC

Responding to a submission by Queensland’s former special prosecutor Doug Drummond, QC, calling for a similar office to be established in Victoria to investigate police criminally implicated by material unearthed during the royal commission, Mr Redlich said his agency could do the job if properly resourced.

“The primary task of any further investigation of potential criminality associated with Victoria Police’s registration and use of Nicola Gobbo as a human source will be to evaluate the extensive body of documentary and other evidence which has now been gathered by the royal commission,” Mr Redlich said.

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