16 May 2013

Queensland court seizes property belonging to PNG fugitive

7:42 pm on 16 May 2013

Authorities in Australia have seized North Queensland properties owned by one of Papua New Guinea's most wanted men.

The newspaper, The Australian, reports that a judge this week granted an application by the Australian Federal Police for custody and control orders on five properties, four bank accounts and dozens of cars controlled by Eremas Wartoto.

Mr Wartoto owns several rental properties in Cairns and controls a car rental business in the city.

He is wanted in PNG for allegedly misappropriating more than 13 million US dollars from the PNG government.

Mr Wartoto has been living in Cairns since 2011 on a foreign skilled workers visa that has been at the centre of a Federal Government crackdown.