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Commander Stuart Bateson (photo) was indicted last week with three counts about disclosing a limited issue, following an investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission

Top agent who was the inspiration for Hit TV series Underbelly has been suspended after allegedly confidential information has been leaked

  • A top-class police officer has been suspended due to suspected leaky information
  • Commander Stuart Bateson was indicted by anti-corruption investigators
  • He was accused on three points of revealing a limited issue
  • The Victoria Police officer appears in the Magistrates Court of Melbourne on July 4
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One of Victoria's top agents has been suspended from the force after being accused of leaking limited information by the state's anti-corruption watchdog.

Commander Stuart Bateson was accused on Thursday of three cases of disclosing a limited issue following an investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC).

It is not known what information Mr Bateson reportedly leaked or who the recipient was.

Commander Stuart Bateson (photo) was indicted last week with three counts about disclosing a limited issue, following an investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission

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Commander Stuart Bateson (photo) was indicted last week with three counts about disclosing a limited issue, following an investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission

Mr. Bateson, who joined the police in 1987, will appear in the Magistrates Court of Melbourne on July 4.

& # 39; This follows an announcement by IBAC on June 6 that the prosecutor was charged with three counts of disclosing a limited issue & # 39 ;, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said Monday.

& # 39; Since this is an IBAC survey, it would be inappropriate to provide further comments. & # 39;

Mr. Bateson was not available for a comment.

It is not known what information Mr Bateson reportedly leaked or who the recipient was.

It is not known what information Mr Bateson reportedly leaked or who the recipient was.

It is not known what information Mr Bateson reportedly leaked or who the recipient was.

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Mr. Bateson has served as a detective in areas such as organized crime, the fight against terrorism and murder.

He was a member of the Purana Task Force at the height of Melbourne & # 39; s gangland war and has a central character in the first season of the popular Underbelly TV series based on him.

In 2017, Mr. Bateson received the Australian Police Medal for outstanding service to law enforcement agencies.

He will also be summoned as a witness to the Royal Commission next week for the use of police informers, including Nicola Gobbo, also known as & # 39; Lawyer X & # 39 ;.

It is unclear whether his suspension affects that appearance.

Mr. Bateson, who joined the police in 1987, appears in the Melbourne court on July 4 (photo)
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Mr. Bateson, who joined the police in 1987, appears in the Melbourne court on July 4 (photo)

Mr. Bateson, who joined the police in 1987, appears in the Melbourne court on July 4 (photo)

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