The man alleged to be Papua New Guinea's 'most wanted man', a crime boss believed to be responsible for over $30 million worth of theft has had his 457 work visa revoked by Australia's Foreign Minister, Bob Carr.
After fleeing PNG prior to his planned arrest by PNG authorities, Eremas Wartoto has avoided answering allegations of his crime and corruption by residing in northern Queensland on a subclass 457 visa, allowing him to fly in and out of Australia without question.
The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported on the news Mr Wartoto's visa cancellation and eventual arrest;
Mr Wartoto's visa has been cancelled by Senator Carr using laws that allow the Foreign Minister to revoke a 457 on the basis that the holder poses ''a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community''.
But some senior government sources in PNG are furious that the Gillard government did not act sooner to expel Mr Wartoto, who has been living in Australia since he was charged in absentia in August 2011 with serious corruption offences.
The visa allowed Mr Wartoto to live in Cairns and fly in and out of Australia to several Asian countries despite being the most wanted man in PNG.
Mr Wartoto fled Australia to PNG last week after Fairfax tried to photograph him in Queensland. He remained on the run in PNG until Friday, when anti-corruption investigators tracked him to the port town of Kimbe and arrested him.
Mr Wartoto obtained a 457 visa in July 2011 - the foreign skilled worker visa at the centre of a Gillard government crackdown - after learning PNG authorities planned to charge him in August 2011.
Since then he has claimed to be too ill to face trial in Port Moresby but travel records reveal he has travelled to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Fiji and the Solomon Islands during the past two years and has been able to return to live in Australia each time thanks to his 457 visa.
Mr Wartoto obtained his 457 visa after a Cairns car hire company he owns sponsored him on the basis there was a shortage of ''general corporate managers'' in the area.
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