By PNG Echo
Eremas Wartoto, has today (December 23rd) been seen Christmas shopping with his family at Mt Sheridan Shopping Centre in Cairns, Australia.
Wartoto has been charged with the misappropriation of millions of kina and is out on bail awaiting trial.
All I have to say is those are pretty loose bail terms for one who hid in plain sight in Cairns for months – unable to travel back to PNG to face the charges he knew were awaiting him because of illness. Seems the illness only affects him going to PNG and not away from there.
If it was Wartoto (and there’s no doubt in my informant’s mind – he knows him well) then what are the PNG judiciary thinking to allow him out of the country? What are the Australian authorities thinking letting him back in to Australia?
It seems that getting an Australian visa for an ordinary PNGean is like getting blood out of a stone – not so for one of PNG’s most notorious alleged criminals awaiting trial.
I wonder if he’ll now get a relapse of that which ailed him when he was last in Australia. This is a joke!