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Lawyer X Nicola Gobbo to give evidence in royal commission

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For a year Nicola Gobbo has sat back while dozens of police, lawyers and others discussed her underworld informing. Now the former gangland barrister is set to have her say.

For a year Nicola Gobbo has sat back while dozens of police, lawyers and others discussed her underworld informing.

Now the former gangland barrister is set to have her say.

Ms Gobbo is due to give evidence in the royal commission into police use of informers, explaining how and why she came to turn on clients, including some of Melbourne's best known underworld figures.

The supergrass informer has claimed she's responsible for seizing up to $80 million in assets from underworld crooks and bringing down crims including drug kingpin Tony Mokbel.

She's broken her silence just once since being exposed as the prolific informer Lawyer X last year, in an ABC television interview where she claimed it would take at least 1000 hours to explain the details.

But Ms Gobbo is scheduled to give evidence for as little as 14 hours.

She'll appear by videolink from an undisclosed location and her face will be seen by Commissioner Margaret McMurdo only.

Her barrister Rishi Nathwani successfully argued yesterday for her image to be hidden, with the application supported by Victoria Police.

The specific grounds he cited are not known other than that they related to her safety and that of her family.

Lawyers for several media organisations attempted to argue Ms Gobbo's image was already notorious and known to those who pose the greatest risk to her safety.

And unless her image had fundamentally changed since her nationally televised interview just weeks ago, the order protecting her image should not be granted.

After reading confidential submissions from Mr Nathwani and police, including a statement from Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson and viewing an image, Ms McMurdo ordered it was in the interest of justice and safety that only she see Ms Gobbo during the evidence.

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Ms Gobbo's evidence is scheduled to take place in the mornings only from today until Friday.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/lawyer-x-nicola-gobbo-to-give-evidence-in-royal-commission/e37993c4-c592-4912-8abe-0bdcce0b0238

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