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Mokbel critical after Vic jail stabbing

Drug kingpin Tony Mokbel remains in a critical condition in hospital, a day after he was viciously stabbed inside a Victorian prison.

Aerial footage from Barwon Prison on Monday showed Mokbel bare-chested as paramedics rushed to his aid after reports the 53-year-old was stabbed in an exercise yard on Monday.

He was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital by helicopter where he remains in a critical condition.

The 53-year-old was originally in a serious but stable condition, but Royal Melbourne Hospital later upgraded his condition to critical.

A 31-year-old inmate was also transported by road ambulance to hospital in a serious condition. No prison staff were injured.

Victoria Police said on Tuesday the armed crime squad was investigating but no arrests have been made.

Mokbel hit headlines in recent weeks after news broke that his former lawyer had acted as a police informer, dishing dirt to detectives to help secure convictions.

After fleeing Australia while on trial in 2006, Mokbel was captured in Greece in 2007 and was sentenced to a 30-year jail term for drug crimes, with a minimum of at least 22 years before being eligible for parole.

But the lawyer informant scandal has opened a possible window for Mokbel to appeal.

The stabbing comes a day after News Corp Australia ran a story headlined “Tony the enforcer” about Mokbel’s rise as a “feared prison big-wig”.

The Herald Sun reported Mokbel intervened to stop an extortion attempt of a 19-year-old prisoner in jail for the first time.

“When the Islanders were spoken to, on (Mokbel’s) orders, the scared young prisoner was left alone immediately,” it said,

Mokbel was stabbed in the same prison where fellow gangland identity Carl Williams was murdered in April 2010 by another inmate, Matthew Charles Johnson.

Williams’ killing came on the same day as a report saying taxpayers had paid for the daughter of the multiple murderer, drug dealer and underworld figure to attend an exclusive private school under a deal with police.

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