Australia

Gangland lawyer shot dead in Australia

Mr Acquaro was gunned down in front of his cafe in Melbourne Image copyright 9news.com.au
Image caption Mr Acquaro was gunned down in front of his cafe in Melbourne

Police in Australia believe a lawyer who represented some of the country's most notorious organised crime figures was the victim of a contract killing.

Joe Acquaro was shot dead in Melbourne in the early hours of Tuesday. Investigators believe underworld bosses may have put a price on his head.

The lawyer was well-known in the city's Italian community and his body was found outside a cafe he owned.

Clients included crime bosses accused of extortion, drugs and arms offences.

A vicious gangland feud that claimed at least 28 lives in Melbourne ended more than a decade ago, but detectives say that underworld tensions still fester in Australia's second biggest city.