Palmer puts doubt on fair trial

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - ME­LANIE PETRINEC

SHOWY busi­ness­man Clive Palmer claims he may not get a fair trial be­cause of the pub­lic­ity on his re­cent luxury cruise and the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s law­suit against him.

Mr Palmer, who is known for out­landish busi­ness ex­ploits in­clud­ing want­ing to build a Ti­tanic replica and a di­nosaur park, has re­sponded to the govern­ment- ap­pointed liq­uida­tors’ at­tempt to freeze his as­sets and claw back hun- dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars from Queens­land Nickel’s collapse.

In a Supreme Court af­fi­davit, he out­lines achieve­ments as a former MP and a na­tional liv­ing trea­sure be­fore com­plain­ing that neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity – in­clud­ing press re­leases from the liq­uida­tors – may ruin his chance of a fair hear­ing.

“The court should not be used as a fo­rum to al­low plain- tiffs to cap­i­tal­ize ( sic) by is­su­ing press re­leases in such way as to di­min­ish the pub­lic per­cep­tion of my­self. I there­fore am con­cerned that these pro­ceed­ings may be an abuse of process.”

Mr Palmer also said he was “hounded by the press and pho­tog­ra­phers” dur­ing a re­cent cruise ship hol­i­day in Europe.

INTERPOL is now hunt­ing for fugi­tive ex- Queens­land Nickel di­rec­tor Clive Mensink.

Doc­u­ments lodged in the Bris­bane Supreme Court re­veal the Australian Fed­eral Po­lice have sought as­sis­tance from the in­ter­na­tional crime fight­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, which ad­vised Mr Mensink’s last known where­abouts to be Hong Kong.

Liq­uida­tors are try­ing to serve Mr Mensink with a law­suit, which if suc­cess­ful, could see him forced to pay up to $ 110 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion for al­legedly trad­ing while in­sol­vent and breach­ing his du­ties as a di­rec­tor.

In an ap­pli­ca­tion to ar­gue the law­suit could be served on his un­cle Clive Palmer in his ab­sence, a let­ter was ten­dered from the Sher­iff of the Fed­eral Court out­lin­ing re­cent ef­forts to ex­e­cute two ar­rest war­rants on the busi­ness­man for fail­ing to ap­pear at an ex­am­i­na­tion into QN’s collapse.

It is the ar­rest war­rants that in­volve the crime au­thor­i­ties.

Mr Mensink is not ac­cused of any crim­i­nal of­fences.

“In­quiries by the AFP have as­cer­tained that Mr Mensink re­mains over­seas,” the Sher­iff wrote on July 28.

“The AFP has sought as­sis­tance from Interpol, re­sult­ing in a Blue No­tice be­ing raised.

“The most re­cent ad­vice is that Mr Mensink ar­rived in Hong Kong on 8 June 2017 and de­parted there on 9 June 2017.”

The Sher­iff said the AFP had not re­ceived any fur­ther ad­vice since then, but both agencies were ham­strung be­cause Mr Mensink – who has been over­seas more than a year – is not ac­cused of any ex­tra­ditable of­fence. “No fur­ther ac­tion can be taken un­til Mr Mensink re­turns to Aus­tralia,” the let­ter noted.

There is a bor­der alert in place, and the AFP will be no­ti­fied im­me­di­ately if Mr Mensink re­turns to Aus­tralia.

The war­rants for his ar­rest were is­sued by the Fed­eral Court in March af­ter re­peated at­tempts to have him give ev­i­dence at a pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tion into QN’s collapse last Jan­uary with $ 300 mil­lion in debt and 800 job losses.

When ef­forts were made to serve Mr Mensink with a sub­poena last year, his ex- wife said he was in Ger­many and due back in four weeks.

Mr Mensink has since been to Bos­ton, South Amer­ica, Europe, Lon­don and Hong Kong in the past year.

Clive Mensink.

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