THE Prime Minister's Office will not entertain any discussion with wanted international conman Peter Foster.
"I know if he came in, we probably wouldn't be talking to him," said the permanent secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, Colonel Pio Tikoduadua.
Speaking from Korea in response to Foster's statement published in The Australian that he would meet Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama this week to seek permanent asylum, Col. Tikoduadua said he doubted Foster's statement.
"I have serious doubt about his statement. I don't think that is the case (his arrival into Fiji)," Col. Tikoduadua said.
The Australian Federal Police told The Fiji Times it had issued new warrants on October 24 for Foster's arrest.
"The warrant issued by the Federal Court can be enforced by any policing jurisdiction. As this is a matter for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, it is not appropriate for the AFP to comment further," an AFP spokesperson said.
A government statement issued yesterday said Foster would be arrested if he was found in the country.
It said the Department of Immigration did not record the entry of Foster through any of Fiji's air or maritime borders.
"Foster is wanted in Fiji for charges relating to obtaining a work permit using false documentation in 2006. If he is in the country, he will be apprehended and these charges will be reactivated. If found guilty, Foster faces potential jail sentence," the statement said.
The statement said authorities would continue to monitor air and sea ports around the country.
The Australian reported Foster - disguised and travelling on a false passport - arrived early on Saturday in Fiji.
It reported Foster refused to reveal how he made it out of the country but that he intended to seek a protection visa.
He said his escape had left him exhausted and "sick to the stomach".
"There is a sense of exhilaration. But I've left a beautiful home and a beautiful family now. I'm a stranger again. It's hard to celebrate. I know I should be happy but I'm not. I just feel incredible sadness," he was quoted as saying.
The Australian reported that last Thursday, Justice Logan, in the Brisbane District Court, sentenced Foster to three years' jail on two charges of contempt of court relating to his involvement in the scam diet spray Sensaslim.
Foster had been on the run since September 27 after Justice Logan found the self-proclaimed "international man of mischief" guilty of contempt.
He vowed to appear in court for sentencing last Thursday after he had put plans in place for the care of his elderly, ailing mother Louise should he be sent to prison.
In the end, Foster failed to show and was sentenced to three years' jail in absentia.
Justice Logan said if Foster's mother died while he was incarcerated, he should be permitted to attend her funeral.
The renowned conman is no stranger to Fiji.
Prior to his arrest in Fiji, he made known his plans for property development and even toyed with the idea of building a luxury gated resort.
Foster was living on Denarau with his mother in a pool side apartment.
He claimed in The Australian that he was being looked after by friends and gave no details of his whereabouts only to say he was "safe" and "in the country" - away from the tourist hot spots of Suva and Nadi.