INTERNATIONAL and wanted con artist Peter Foster, who claims to be in the country after escaping Australian immigration on Saturday, wants the Fijian Government to remove all warrants against him.
In an electronic correspondence with this newspaper yesterday, Foster said he had applied to the Department of Immigration seeking the lifting of his ban in the country.
"I applied for the prohibited person ban to be uplifted in May and followed the correct procedures including filling out the application form and paying the fee of $190," Foster said in his e-mail.
He also claimed that he spoke to Suva lawyer Mehboob Raza before he left Australia to deal with his legal issues here.
But when asked yesterday whether he was contacted by Foster, Mr Raza refuted the claims saying: "No."
Foster said he wanted Fiji to grant him a protection visa as Australia had granted numerous Fijians against the wishes of the Fijian Government.
He said he had been treated very badly by the previous Fiji government and had faith in the Bainimarama government for a fair treatment.
"Australia has granted protection visas to numerous Fijian citizens against the wishes of the Fiji government and Prime Minister.
"â€¦my motives for wanting to return to Fiji are pure and genuine and that I'm a great friend of Fiji and always have been."