18 Jan 2007

Australian conman in Vanuatu court today

11:29 am on 18 January 2007

Australian conman Peter Foster's faces a Vanuatu court on immigration charges today.

Foster is accused of illegally entering the country after wading ashore near the capital, Port Vila, from a boat that spirited him out of Fiji, where he's also wanted on fraud and immigration charges.

Vanuatu Magistrate Steven Felix is expected to rule today on a prosecution request to keep Foster locked up for at least another two weeks while police continue to investigate his activities in the country.

Local police say the Australian conman can expect a jail term and a steep fine if he's found guilty of illegally entering Vanuatu but it is possible he will be deported.

Fiji says it will seek Foster's extradition on the fraud charges once Vanuatu has dealt with him.

Foster is also wanted by the Federated States of Micronesia for his alleged role in a $US580,000 bank fraud.