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Melbourne underworld kingpin Tony Mokbel stabbed in prison attack

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Convicted drug trafficker Tony Mokbel has been stabbed in prison, with police confirming a man has been rushed to hospital in a serious condition.

Former drug kingpin and gangland figure Tony Mokbel has reportedly been stabbed in prison in Victoria.

Police on Monday afternoon confirmed a man was being airlifted to hospital in a serious condition after a stabbing at Barwon Prison, at Lara near Geelong.

Paramedics bundle the stabbed prisoner into a helicopter.
Paramedics bundle the stabbed prisoner into a helicopter.
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Aerial footage from the scene shows a bare-chested man being treated by a number of paramedics outdoors, with multiple media outlets reporting Mokbel was attacked in an exercise yard of the high-security jail.

He was taken to hospital by helicopter.

Tony Mokbel wearing the trademark wig he used while on the run, after his arrest in Athens in 2007.
Tony Mokbel wearing the trademark wig he used while on the run, after his arrest in Athens in 2007.
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A second man, aged in his 30s, was taken to hospital by road ambulance and was also in a serious condition.

The ABC has reported the 53-year-old was stabbed three times.

The drug trafficker was a onetime ally of infamous Melbourne king pin Carl Williams, who was bashed to death in side the same very jail in 2010.

Murderer and drug dealer Carl Williams was bashed to death in the same Victorian prison.
Murderer and drug dealer Carl Williams was bashed to death in the same Victorian prison.
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The pair, along with a host of other colourful underworld figures were immortalised in the Nine Network's Underbelly, based on the non-fiction book by journalists John Silvester and Andrew Rule. 

The book and the TV show highlighted the height of the bloody underworld wars of Melbourne's 1990s and early 2000s.

Mokbel has 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.

Tony Mokbel arrives at a court in Athens 2008.
Tony Mokbel arrives at a court in Athens 2008.
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Famously captured in Greece in 2007, Mokbel has since been sentenced to a 30-year jail term for drug crimes and must serve at least 22 years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

Initially, Mokbel hid out on an associate's rural property before moving to Western Australia and eventually Greece, after being smuggled out of Australia on a private yacht.

A massive manhunt brought the trafficker back to Australia to face trial. At the time, much was made of the fact the drug lord was arrested wearing a distinctive wig in an attempt at eluding authorities.

Even during his time on the run, Mokbel continued to oversee an extensive drug empire. In 2005, the Victorian Supreme Court heard his operation had churned out more than 100,000 ecstasy pills.

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