Mokbel's Accused Attackers Appear In Court, Lawyers Say There Are Fears For Their Safety

One of the men accused of stabbing Tony Mokbel in a maximum security jail has tried to have the publication of his name and photograph banned.

The former drug lord's two alleged attackers faced Geelong Magistrates court via video link court on Friday, claiming their safety behind bars is at risk.

Teira Bennett and Eldea Teuira, both 21, are facing three charges, including attempted murder and intentionally causing serious injury in circumstances of gross violence.

The inmates had celebrated Bennett's birthday at Barwon prison on Monday before Mokbel was allegedly attacked with homemade weapons.

Tony Mokbel being attended to by medical staff after an alleged stabbing at Barwon Prison, Victoria. IMAGE: AAP

Bennett's lawyer argued the recent publication of his name and photo online may put him in danger, and asked a magistrate to order that the articles be taken down.

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Magistrate Peter Mellas refused, saying "The genie is out of the bottle so to speak."

"It would be well-known, I would expect, right throughout the prison system."

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Teuira didn't apply to have his identity kept secret, but his lawyer raised concerns about the high-profile nature of the case, asking that prison authorities take steps to ensure his safety behind bars.

Mokbel remains in a serious condition in hospital.

His alleged attackers will face court again in May.

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