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Foster moves to island home

Monday, December 18, 2006

INTERNATIONAL conman Peter Foster has moved to his Nadi home on Saturday despite being under house arrest at a local hotel in Suva.

JJs on the Park manager Peter Mazey confirmed that Mr Foster had left the hotel with some policeman on Saturday.

"Yes, he had left the hotel yesterday (Saturday) with some policemen," Mr Mazey said.

Mr Foster had earlier asked the court through his lawyer Mehboob Raza to be granted permission to stay at his Denarau home and a decision on that was expected to be made today.

Attempts to get comments from Foster's lawyer proved futile, as he had gone overseas during the weekend.

However, he had earlier submitted that his client be allowed to live at Denarau Island with his mum.

He said that Mr Foster paid $4000 a week to stay at JJs on the Park while paying $6500 monthly at Denarau. Mr Raza said it was too costly for his client to live at JJs.

In the last court sitting State Prosecutor Andie Driu had strongly opposed the condition that Foster reside at Riverside Gardens on Denarau.

While accepting that the island was patrolled by 24-hour security, she submitted, "such a claim raises concern relating to jurisdictional law enforcement obligations".

She said Matrix Security was a private company who were not obligated to enforce duties of law enforcement on behalf of the court or the police.

"It is therefore submitted that the variation of bail to include the applicant to reside on Denarau will only entertain flight of the applicant from prosecution," she said.

Ms Driu also submitted that Mr Foster had a lengthy history of dishonesty, deception and evasion.

She suggested that Mr Foster be moved to a cellblock at Central Police Station because it was a strain on police resources to allow six to eight men to look after one man.

In reply, Mr Raza said Mr Foster was willing to pay for his security personnel if he was moved to Denarau.

Vude queen Laisa Vulakoro had provided a $5000 surety for Mr Foster after the Suva Court granted cash bail of $5000 in early November.