The special purpose liquidator trying to claw back tens of millions owed to the Federal Government by Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel will apply for an arrest warrant for Mr Palmer’s nephew and former QNI director Clive Mensink.
Mr Mensink has been on an overseas holiday since June last year.
He failed to turn up to the Federal Court yesterday to be cross-examined over the company’s collapse.
Federal Government-appointed firm PPB Advisory today told the Federal Court it would apply for an arrest warrant for Mr Mensink, based on contempt charges.
PPB’s David de Jersey told the court Mr Mensink had “shown absolute contempt for the court” by failing to appear.
He told the court Mr Mensink’s “excuses were unmeritorious in the extreme”.
Mr Mensink’s lawyer, Alex Nelson, reminded the court there were medical grounds that explained his absence.
He told the court a more thorough medical certificate had been filed, outlining more details about his condition.
The court heard Federal Court Justice Dowsett will hear the application for Mr Mensink’s arrest warrant in Brisbane tomorrow morning.
On Tuesday, the other liquidator in the case, FTI Consulting, said it had not decided if it would apply for a separate arrest warrant.