Notorious conman Peter Foster arrives in Fiji on false passport after going on the run from jail term - seeking protection visa from military dictator Frank Bainimarama
The Conman’s August Curse
"The convicted fraudster Peter Clarence Foster is not someone who inspires sympathy in Australia. It must be a refreshing change for Foster that, for once, he has found ‘FRIENDS’ in the aspiring Prime Minister Tupeni Baba and his colleagues in the New Labour Unity Party. What unites the professional con artist and his politician friends? His cavalier statement sums up his irrepressibility: ‘You give me a bucket of mud and I’d sell it.’ We hope and pray that he will not be delegated to ‘sell’ Fiji to tourists and investors around the world. Which leaves the question in the air: is August the curse for the conman? He fled from a British prison in August 1996. He was ordered to be extradited to Great Britain by the Australian Federal High Court on 3 August 2000. A year later, in the month of August, he was exposed as one of the financial backers of the New Labour Unity Party and its leader Tupeni Baba. The New Labour Party should seriously consult their political astrologers before the August election to exorcise the conman’s August curse. And Sheraton Hotel should ensure to protect its own financial purse. It is, after all, the month of August in Fiji. "
VICTOR LAL, Fiji Times, 2001