|Australia’s most wanted nabbed in Muntinlupa|
April 17, 2012
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is poised to deport one of Australia’s most wanted following his arrest last Monday in Muntinlupa City.
BI Acting Commissioner Abdullah Mangotara said Brett Ronald Maston, 45, will be expelled pursuant to a deportation order issued against him by the Board of Commissioners last Feb. 23
Mangotara said joint operatives of the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU) and Southern Police District arrested Maston on the strength of a warrant of deportation issued by BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr.
“We are already coordinating with the Australian embassy in facilitating his immediate departure so he can be tried and punished for the crimes he committed in his country,” said Mangotara.
He cited information provided by the Australian federal police that Maston is wanted for a string of criminal cases in Western Australia, including roberry and illegal weapons possession.
A warrant of arrested was also reported issued against Maston by Australia’s supreme court for his failure to comply with the conditions of his bail.
Atty. Cris Villalobos, BI special prosecutor, said Maston’s presence in the country was reported to the bureau by employees of a five-star hotel frequented by the Australian and his friends.
Villalobos said he twice issued summons to Maston to appear with counsel in his office and answer complaints alleging that he is a wanted fugitive from justice in his country.
“On both occasions he failed to answer our summons, thus I had no choice but to recommend his summary deportation for being an undesirable alien,” Villalobos.
It was gathered that Maston was issued a quota immigrant visa in April 2010 but the BI canceled it last October after the Australian embassy informed the bureau that he is a fugitive. ###