Mensink lawyer ‘had no con­tact’

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - ALEXANDRIA UTTING

THE lawyer acting for Clive Palmer’s fugi­tive nephew Clive Mensink has never spo­ken to the man, de­spite rep­re­sent­ing him for two years, a court has been told.

Mr Mensink and Mr Palmer’s lawyer Sam Iskan­der was yes­ter­day grilled by lawyers for Queens­land Nickel’s liq­uida­tors in a pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tion hear­ing to pin down the where­abouts of Mr Mensink.

Mr Mensink was the sole registered di­rec­tor of the re­fin­ery when it col­lapsed in 2016. He left Aus­tralia months later and has been liv­ing the high-life on the run ever since, re­fus­ing to re­turn to Aus­tralia for ques­tion­ing, de­spite sev­eral war­rants be­ing is­sued.

Un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion by bar­ris­ter Tom Sul­li­van QC, for spe­cial pur­pose liq­uida­tors PPB Ad­vi­sory, Mr Iskan­der told the court he had “never” di­rectly com­mu­ni­cated with Mr Mensink dur­ing the time he has been acting as his so­lic­i­tor. The court was told Mr Palmer had been “con­duit” be­tween the pair since Novem­ber 2016.

“My un­der­stand­ing was that Mr Palmer was the main con­duit of in­struc­tions and he had the author­ity to act on his be­half and so, there­fore, I would fol­low those in­struc­tions … as I was not re­ceiv­ing in­struc­tions from any­one else,” he said. Signed au­thor­i­ties were later pro­vided, the court was told.

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