Clive Palmer’s media advisor, Andrew Crook, has reportedly been detained by police in connection to the alleged kidnapping of a bank executive.
According to ABC, Mr Crook was arrested on Thursday as part of a Queensland Police investigation into the alleged kidnapping of a National Australia Bank executive in Indonesia.
In a statement, Queensland police said two men have been arrested after evidence was uncovered as part of an investigation by the Taskforce Maxima criminal economy team.
“The charges stem from an elaborate scheme which police will allege was planned partly in Queensland with key elements executed in Singapore and Indonesia before returning to Queensland where the offences were committed,” police said in a statement.
Speaking to Fairfax, Mr Palmer said he suspected the charges were politically motivated, and was “concerned to know” what Mr Crook’s detention was about.
“The timing seems to be a little bit strange… it does seem coincidental that this is happening just before the state election,” Mr Palmer said.
The arrested men were a 51-year-old from the Gold Coast and a 48-year-old from New Farm.
A warrant has been issued for a third man who is not currently in Australia.
– with AAP