Friday, March 2, 2012

Vic: Simon Overland has refused to confirm reports of informer

AAP General News (Australia)
Vic: Simon Overland has refused to confirm reports of informer

MELBOURNE, Aug 1 AAP - Victoria's top crime fighter has refused to comment on reports
that police investigations into Melbourne's gangland war were given a major boost by a
criminal who turned informer.

The Sunday Herald Sun reported today that an informer had implicated a unnamed leading
underworld crime boss in three gangland executions and had provided police with information
on drug deals and some of the other 24 gang-related killings.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Simon Overland told reporters today he would
not release details.

When asked if having a well-placed informer had presented police with a major breakthrough
in their investigation into Melbourne's gangland killings, Mr Overland said: "We've had
a number of breakthroughs.

"Obviously we've made a number of significant arrests in the last few months.

"I'm not going to comment on specifics. At the appropriate time, we'll release further
details about arrests and charges as they are made.

"We have made now some 35-plus arrests with the Purana Taskforce and we're very pleased
with the progress that's made."

When asked if the informer was accused drug trafficker Carl Williams, Mr Overland said:
"I'm not going to provide a running commentary on the progress of the investigation."

Williams was arrested with three other men in a series of raids in June which police
allege foiled a planned gangland hit on former solicitor Mario Condello.

Eight days later, police charged Condello and high-profile lawyer George Defteros with
conspiring to murder Williams, his father George and another man.

Condello is a close friend of underworld figure Dominic "Mick" Gatto who has been charged
with murdering Mr Williams's bodyguard Andrew Veniamin.

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