18 Jan 2007

Foster due to be deported to Australia

3:40 pm on 18 January 2007

International conman, Peter Foster, looks set to avoid facing charges in Fiji after cutting a deal with Vanuatu authorities to be deported to Australia.

A Vanuatu state prosecutor, Alfred Bice, says authorities will fly Mr Foster to Brisbane after he agreed to plead guilty to illegally entering the country.

Mr Bice said the deal had been struck in return for a fine of 985 US dollars.

Mr Foster remains in custody after his hearing in the Vanuatu Magistrates court was adjourned until tomorrow, when the deal is expected to be finalised.

Mr Foster claims he was helped by a faction of the military to flee Fiji, where he's wanted after skipping bail while facing charges of using a forged document to enter the country.

The Fiji Times reports two Australian expatriates living in Vanuatu are also due to appear in court tomorrow, for aiding and abetting Mr Foster.