15 Jan 2007

Australian conman Peter Foster arrested in Vanuatu

10:41 am on 15 January 2007

Australian conman Peter Foster is expected to face immigration-related charges in a Vanuatu court today after being captured by Vanuatu police yesterday.

He was detained in Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila.

Vanuatu, Micronesia, Fiji and Australia were all searching for Foster who became embroiled in the Fiji military coup that removed the democratically elected government late last year.

A warrant was issued for Foster's arrest on Monday after he failed to appear in the Suva Magistrates Court on fraud charges.

It was the second time he had failed to appear.

The Australian newspaper says Foster was allegedly smuggled from Fiji to Vanuatu on a former Australian navy minesweeper last week.

He was questioned at Port Vila's main police station yesterday and taken to hospital last night for a check up.

Vanuatu police Inspector Allan Bani told the newspaper Foster would probably appear in court this morning charged with entering the country illegally

Inspector Bani says police have also arrested the people who were harbouring him in the Port Vila suburb of Malapoa.