An arrest warrant has been issued for Clive Palmer’s nephew who has again dodged a Federal Court grilling over the collapse of Queensland Nickel.
The sole registered director of the company when it went belly up last year, with debts of $300 million and the loss of almost 800 jobs, Clive Mensink has been travelling overseas since well before court proceedings began last September.
His latest no-show in the Federal Court on Monday will result in a charge of contempt of court brought against the elusive globetrotter.
A further application for another warrant over the potential contempt charge, required to begin the extradition process, is listed for Tuesday morning.
If granted, the court could ask the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Australian Federal Police and Interpol for assistance in bringing Mr Mensink back to Australia, Justice John Dowsett told the court on Monday.
“He’s just refusing to come,” Justice Dowsett said as he heard technical submissions about how to structure the various documents needed to bring Mr Mensink before court.
Mr Mensink was ordered to front the court twice in February.
It’s believed he is in Europe, possibly visiting family in Holland.
But even his solicitor, Sam Iskander, is having difficulty contacting him, the court heard.
As the court attempts to locate Mr Mensink, his uncle and former federal MP Mr Palmer may be questioned.
“I’ve been told (Mr Palmer) does not know his whereabouts,” Mr Iskander told the court.
Mr Mensink departed Australia in June and denies he’s trying to avoid fronting court to answer liquidators’ questions over the failure of Queensland Nickel.
In an affidavit tendered at an earlier hearing, he said he would answer questions at a time of his choosing – after he makes his way home in late July.
He’s tendered medical advice saying’s he’s unfit to answer liquidators FTI Consulting’s questions because he’s anxious and clinically depressed.
He’s also said he is unwilling to cut short his travels after promising his post-divorce girlfriend they would spend time bonding on an overseas trip.
She has been photographed back home in Brisbane since the last court hearing.
Justice Dowsett said Mr Mensink’s story about needing to travel with his partner was “not true” and his trip to visit family in Holland was not more important than his duty to attend court.