30 Oct 2006

US and Australian police to question Foster in Fiji custody

4:33 pm on 30 October 2006

Law enforcement officers from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI and the Australian Federal Police will arrive in Fiji soon to interview international conman Peter Foster who is under arrest.

The Fiji Times reports that they will look into allegations that Foster received 300,000 US dollars from the Bank of the Federated States of Micronesia this year by using forged documents to show he had started work on a tourist resort.

No work had started on the resort and Foster did not own the lease on the land.

The money was allegedly forwarded to Foster by the FSM bank's president and chief executive, Bob DeCourtney, during dinner at a Suva restaurant.

Also at the dinner were the former campaign director of the ruling SDL party, Jale Baba; Fiji's ambassador designate to the United Nations, Dr Tupeni Baba; former labour minister Kenneth Zinck and Foster's local consultants.

Foster has spent the last three days at Suva's Colonial War Memorial Hospital recovering from injuries he suffered while trying to evade arrest at Pacific Harbour.

Agents acting on his behalf were trying to charter a vessel to take him to Tonga when the boat owner, Charles Wakeham, tipped off the police.