|The killing of criminal lawyer Joseph “Pino” Acquaro in Melbourne sheds light on the hidden machinations of the ‘Ndrangheta, says Australian crime writer Adam Shand.
Liborio Benvenuto, who expired in 1988, was the last of the old time Australian godfathers. He comprehended its limits but also his power.
His protege Joseph “Pino” Acquaro, who had been killed in a Melbourne road last week, was not shrewd.
He presided upwards of a quarter century of relative peace until he expired in 1988 of natural causes.
Violence was not good for company, so a smart young supporter will be an asset to the Calabrian community, but in addition to the offense gangs that sheltered within it.
Acquaro was for many years a go to lawyer for the gangland figures in Melbourne and became intensely involved with mafia politics. However a falling out with one of his most high profile customers alienated him. He consorted with authorities and journalists, which deepened feelings surrounding him.
54, Acquaro, understood that people wished to kill him. But maybe he believed organizations and his wisdom would shield him.