Fears are held for the safety of a Melbourne businessman accused of drug trafficking who did not appear in court today for his trial, a court was told.
Antonios "Tony" Mokbel is accused of being the key player in the importation of two kilograms of pure cocaine from Mexico to Melbourne in late 2000.
Then the intrigue really kicks in:
Justice Bill Gillard told the jury Mokbel's absence could be due to several factors, including his safety.
"His absence today may be due to a number of reasons and one has been raised and that is a question of his safety," Justice Gillard said.
He told the jury Mokbel was last seen by police at 5pm (AEDT) yesterday at the South Melbourne police station where he reported to police under conditions of his bail.
His partner walked with him to the police station, left him and then went home. She had not seen him since, the court was told.
- Has Tone joined those who are no longer with us?
- Has he done a runner?
- Just couldn't be bothered today?
- Dole form was due?
- Then there's the question of the "partner walked with him to the station". If it's still Zarah Garde-Wilson we'll spew up a collective lung.
BETS PLEASE, BEATS PLEASE!
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