Court hands Mensink a major blow
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.