6 Feb 2007

Foster in Australian court on money laundering charge one day after leaving Vanuatu jail

5:24 pm on 6 February 2007

The lawyer of Australian conman, Peter Foster, says he will fight fresh money laundering charges because the latest case against him is pretty weak.

Mr Foster was remanded in custody after briefly facing court in Australia charged over an alleged money laundering scam against the Bank of the Federated States of Micronesia.

He entered no plea.

Mr Foster was arrested and charged by Australian police upon his arrival at Brisbane Airport last night.

The arrest came only a day after he was released from a Vanuatu jail.

He was freed there after serving a brief sentence for entering Vanuatu illegally following his escape from Fiji where he had skipped bail.

If convicted, he could fave up to 20 years in jail.