Court re­fuses ap­peal and ar­rest war­rants re­main

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

July, seek­ing an ap­peal over two ar­rest war­rants is­sued by the Fed­eral Court.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was re­jected by the High Court this week and the two ar­rest war­rants will re­main in place.

Mr Mensink left Aus­tralia in mid-2016, months af­ter the re­fin­ery col­lapsed in Jan­uary, leav­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions in debt and more than 800 staff out of work and with­out en­ti­tle­ments. The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment was forced to in­ter­vene, pay­ing out $64 mil­lion of the $74 mil­lion owed.

The re­fin­ery’s col­lapse sparked a mam­moth se­ries of law­suits in the Supreme and Fed­eral courts with liq­uida­tors seek­ing to claw back money they say is owed to cred­i­tors.

Two ar­rest war­rants were is­sued for Mr Mensink’s ar­rest last year, when he re­peat­edly failed to at­tend the Fed­eral Court for ques­tion­ing by liq­uida­tors in­ves­ti­gat­ing the com­pany’s demise.

In­stead he re­mains over­seas, and is be­lieved to be liv­ing large in Sofia, Bul­garia, with his new girl­friend. The spot­light on Mr Mensink’s fail­ure to re­turn has in­ten­si­fied over the past month af­ter his bil­lion­aire un­cle Clive Palmer an­nounced he had ap­pointed him as the Euro­pean di­rec­tor of his plans to build a Ti­tanic replica.

In June this year, the full bench of the Fed­eral Court knocked back an ap­peal to

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