31 Jan 2007

Fiji pushes for Foster extradition bid

8:12 pm on 31 January 2007

Authorities in Fiji are pressing ahead with their bid to have Australian conman Peter Foster extradited from Vanuatu, where he is awaiting sentencing on immigration charges.

Foster has admitted illegally entering Vanuatu earlier this month after skipping bail in Fiji, where he was facing fraud charges.

He is also wanted by the Federated States of Micronesia over an alleged bank fraud.

Foster is expected to be sentenced in a Vanuatu court on Friday.

He faces a maximum penalty of 12 months' jail for entering Vanuatu without a valid visa.

Despite the ongoing case in Vanuatu, Fiji police say they were working with the Director of Public Prosecutions Office on the extradition.

The Sydney Morning Herald quotes Criminal Investigations Director Ravi Narayan saying that if the Vanuatu court finds him guilty for charges he committed there, then Fiji has a slim chance of getting him back.

Foster is wanted in Fiji for allegedly forging a Queensland Police document to misrepresent his lengthy criminal history in order to obtain a work permit.