Chequered Career of Blackmail Case 'Devil's Advocate'
By Cathy Vervier
Giovanni di Stefano, above, the man defending a suspect at the centre of the royal sex and drugs blackmail scandal, is no stranger to controversy and regularly makes headlines himself.
Mr di Stefano, who claims to be the legal representative of the Scottish businessman Ian Strachan, has been dubbed the "devil's advocate". Mr Strachan, a millionaire socialite, faces allegations that he attempted to blackmail a member of the Royal Family by threatening to reveal videotape footage of a palace aide snorting cocaine, who claimed on the tape that the royal had performed a sex act on him.
His legal adviser, Mr di Stefano, who himself has a 1986 conviction for fraud, claims to have defended clients including Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic and Harold Shipman, although Shipman's family disputed this. Other "clients" include the convicted paedophiles Gary Glitter and Jonathan King, multiple murderer Jeremy Bamber, the Great Train robber Ronald Biggs and Kenneth Noye, the convicted road-rage killer and Brinks Mat robber.
He also claims to act for Tariq Aziz, the former deputy prime minister of Iraq, and that he has met Osama bin Laden. …