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Australia: Lawyer and witness face charges under spy laws, raising questions of openness and accountability

June 29, 2018

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Sarah McNaughton SC, recently filed criminal charges against Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery and his client, a former officer of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS).

The Intelligence Services Act 2001 prevents the identification of his client, who is referred to publicly only as Witness K. Collaery is a former Attorney-General of the ACT. Witness K is reported to be the former head of technical operations for ASIS.

The charges are based on Article 39 of the Intelligence Services Act, which criminalises the unauthorised disclosure of certain information about ASIS. The maximum prison term for this alleged offence is two years. The first directions hearing will occur on July 25 in the ACT Magistrates Court, where Collaery has had a long and distinguished career as an advocate. He is now a defendant in his own court.







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Australia: Murdered mafia lawyer gunned down for being a ‘police informant’

March 12, 2018

A prominent gangland lawyer who was murdered outside his Melbourne restaurant in 2016 was gunned down for being a police informant, according to new details revealed about the case today.

Joe Acquaro was shot dead out front of Gelobar in Lygon St, Brunswick East, in March 2016. He was walking to his car when he was shot at least five times, before his body was later discovered by a garbage collector.

The Herald Sun has reported underworld figures were convinced Acquaro was a police informant and because of this a $250,000 price was put on his head.


Australia: EXCLUSIVE: MORE arrests expected over Sydney lawyer’s brazen cafe execution after pregnant ‘getaway car driver’ is charged – as his grieving wife releases a heartbreaking tribute

March 25, 2018

 Ho Ledinh with his wife, Huong, prior to the birth of one of the couple's three young children

Detectives investigating the brazen killing of a Sydney lawyer expect more arrests after a pregnant mother-of-four and a globetrotting alleged hitman were charged with murder.

The rapid developments in the Bankstown cafe slaying investigation come as Ho Ledinh’s grieving wife shared a heartbreaking social media tribute to her late husband.

‘He’s still there, tall and skinny, and loves me more than he can say,’ Ngu Thu Huong said, posting the final photograph that her husband snapped – a picture of his family on the beach at sunset.

Police believe the conspiracy over Mr Ledinh’s death may stretch beyond accused shooter Arthur Kelekolio, 38, and alleged getaway car driver Analosa Ah Keni, 35.

Mr Ledinh was holding a meeting about 3.30pm on Tuesday, January 22 when he was shot four times in the stomach. He died at the scene.





Australia: Man arrested at Sydney Airport over ‘shooting murder’ of lawyer, 65, at cafe – just minutes before he was about to board an international flight to Bali

February 13, 2018

A man has been arrested at Sydney International Airport in relation to the shooting murder of criminal lawyer Ho Ledinh late last month.

The 65-year-old was gunned down as he sat outside Happy Cup cafe in a prominent shopping strip in Bankstown, in the city’s west, on January 23.

A 38-year-old man was arrested by NSW homicide squad as he prepared to board a flight to Bali just before 10am on Tuesday.

He has been taken to Mascot Police Station, where he is assisting with inquiries.

A man has been arrested at Sydney International Airport in relation to the shooting murder of lawyer Ho Ledinh (pictured) late last month

Strike Force Eugene was set up in response to the shooting of Mr Ledinh, a leading lawyer in the city’s west who had represented gangland clients.

Mr Ledinh was brutally murdered when a gunman wearing a hi-vis top rushed inside the Happy Cup cafe, shot him up to four times and fled as he fell to the floor.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics and a close friend, crying out ‘say something, please!’, they could not revive him.







Australia: Death threats, kidnapping and murder: The cost of being a criminal lawyer

January 27,  2018

DISGRUNTLED criminals can dole out their own rough justice and slain Sydney solicitor Ho Ledinh may prove to be a case in point.


The murder of the Bankstown criminal lawyer last week has highlighted the risks attached to a profession that sees suited members of legal fraternity rubbing shoulders with hardened thugs.

Leading lawyers who count Sydney’s most high-profile organised criminals among their clientele have recounted tales of being intimidated by bikies, badmouthed by terrorists, threatened with a kneecapping and even targeted in a botched kidnapping.

Solicitor Brett Galloway has been the long term legal representative for former Nomads bikie boss Sam Ibrahim.

In the late 90s, as Mr Galloway tells, it, he sent Ibrahim, who hadn’t coughed up his legal fees, a letter telling him he wouldn’t act for him anymore.

“He rang me and said ‘I’m going to f**king kill you’,” Mr Galloway said.





Australia: Gunman still on run after Bankstown City Plaza murder of lawyer

January 23, 2018

Police guard the crime scene where the criminal lawyer was shot dead.

A massive manhunt continues for a gunman after the murder of a criminal lawyer in Bankstown on Tuesday afternoon.

The victim, Ho Ledinh, was at the Happy Cup cafe at Bankstown City Plaza when he was shot dead at point-blank range at about 3.40pm.

Hours after his “best friend” was gunned down, 59-year-old Van Nguyen remained at the scene showing bystanders photos of Mr Ledinh happy and smiling.

Mr Nguyen said Mr Ledinh – a criminal lawyer, originally from Vietnam who once owned the Bankstown cafe where he was shot, was a great man.

The pair had coffee at the cafe on Tuesday morning for about half an hour, before Mr Nguyen bade his friend goodbye.

Several hours later, he got a phone call saying Mr Ledinh had been shot and was dead.














Australia: ‘A targeted attack’: Street locked down after a lawyer is SHOT DEAD execution style in front of terrified shoppers at a cafe on a busy western Sydney shopping strip with the gunman on the loose

January 23, 2018

Vietnamese-born lawyer Ho Ledinh (pictured) was killed while dining at the Happy Cup Cafe in Bankstown's Old Town Plaza at 4pm on Tuesday after a gunman shot him several times in the pelvic region

A man who was shot and killed in a ‘targeted attack’ inside a cafe in Sydney’s west has been revealed to be a well-known criminal lawyer.

Vietnamese-born lawyer Ho Ledinh was killed while dining at the Happy Cup Cafe in Bankstown’s Old Town Plaza at 4pm on Tuesday, after a gunman shot him several times in the pelvic region.

Mr Ledinh – of Ledinh Lawyers – previously owned the cafe where he was shot and was described by close friend Van Nguyen as ‘a wonderful father’.

Detectives believe the shooting to be a ‘targeted attack’ as they continue to hunt the offender.

Mr Ledinh was a prominent lawyer with offices in Bankstown and he previously represented Phillip Nguyen, who was jailed for the shooting death of policeman Bill Crews in 2010.