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Police lose bid to suppress Gobbo-linked officer’s identity amid fear of underworld retribution – The Age

Victoria Police had suggested the officer could be “harmed or killed for revenge” for their role in one of the biggest scandals in Australian legal history.



Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson had argued publishing the name of the officer could place them in danger due to the perception they had violated a long-running “unwritten rule” governing the relationship between law enforcement and the underworld.
This unwritten rule, Mr Paterson wrote in a sworn affidavit, was based on a mutual understanding that criminals would not seek revenge against police for doing their job of investigating, arresting and prosecuting offenders.

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