Court hands Mensink a ma­jor blow

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VANESSA MARSH

CLIVE Palmer’s fugi­tive nephew Clive Mensink has been dealt a ma­jor set­back, with the High Court re­fus­ing him a chance to ap­peal war­rants is­sued for his ar­rest.

Lawyers for the for­mer di­rec­tor of the failed Queens­land Nickel re­fin­ery lodged a spe­cial leave ap­pli­ca­tion with Aus­tralia’s high­est court in July, seek­ing an ap­peal over two ar­rest war­rants is­sued by the Fed­eral Court.

But the ap­pli­ca­tion was knocked back by the High Court this week and the two ar­rest war­rants will re­main in place.

Mr Mensink left Aus­tralia in mid- 2016 af­ter the re­fin­ery col­lapsed in Jan­uary of that year, 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 in e n t i t l e me n t s that was owed to work­ers.

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

In­stead he re­mains over­seas, liv­ing large in Euro­pean cities in­clud­ing Sofia, Bul­garia where he lives 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 have the ar­rest war­rants thrown out, lam­bast­ing “fan­ci­ful” and “ab­surd” claims that Mr Mensink did not know he was wanted for ques­tion­ing.

His lawyers then took the case to the High Court, ar­gu­ing in a spe­cial leave ap­pli­ca­tion that the ap­peal should be al­lowed on a num­ber of grounds in­clud­ing that the judge who is­sued the war­rants erred in find­ing that Mr Mensink knew he was wanted for ques­tion­ing but the ap­peal has been re­fused.


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