The underworld figure Tony Mokbel has reportedly been stabbed in prison.
The 53-year-old was convicted of drug trafficking in 2012 for masterminding a drug syndicate known as The Company and is serving his minimum 22-year sentence at the maximum security Barwon prison at Lara, about 70km south of Melbourne.
The Age has reported that he received multiple stab wounds on Monday afternoon due to a dispute connected to a story published in the Age’s rival newspaper, the Herald Sun.
Victoria police said they were called to Barwon prison at 3.45pm and that a man in his 50s had been airlifted to hospital in a serious condition.
“A second victim, aged in his 30s, was taken to hospital by road ambulance also in a serious condition,” police said in a statement.
Mokbel was a key figure in the gangland wars in Melbourne in the 1990s and 2000s and was represented by Lawyer X, the gangland lawyer and police informant who is at the centre of an upcoming royal commission.
He was charged but not convicted of commissioning the murder of rival Lewis Moran in 2004; a crime for which Carl Williams, to which Mokbel had been linked, was later convicted. Williams was murdered in Barwon prison in 2010.
Mokbel disappeared while on trial in 2006, was arrested in Athens a year later, and has been in jail since being extradited to Australia in 2008.