Australian Fugitive Guido James Eglitis Spotted Free in Bangkok
BANGKOK – Australian National Guido James Eglitis,70, wanted in Queensland Australia on kidnapping and torture charges has been photographed socializing in a Bangkok beer bar.
Witnesses photographed Eglitis drinking in a beer bar and restaurant in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Road entertainment area on Sunday and Monday night.
According to The Sidney Morning Herald Australian authorities have made no attempts to have Eglitis arrested or extradited back to Australia to face charges.
Eglitis was arrested in Siam Reap Cambodia last year following the alleged robbery and assault of a British man who reportedly fled the country in fear of his life.
Apparently Cambodian authorities released Eglitis from jail last week.
In November of last year Queensland police said,Â they were “making inquiries” in relation to his extradition to Australia while he was being held in a Cambodian jail. “Guess Not?”
Police back in Australia allege Eglitis, posed as an Australian federal police officer when he grabbed a businessman, tied him up in a house and demanded money. The businessman apparently managed to escape and reported the failed kidnapping to the police in Queensland.
In 2007 Eglitis who was on bail fled Australia, facing charges of kidnapping, deprivation of liberty, robbery, impersonating a police officer and possessing restricted items.
Eglitis allegedly has a 30-year history of crime and featured in a 1998 Australian published book titled Scams and Swindlers.
Eglitis was sentenced to four years’ jail in the United States on fraud charges in 1988 .
He came to the attention of Australian authorities in Cambodia in 2014 when he claimed to be a private investigator working with Cambodian police on the mysterious death of Canadian journalist Dave Walker, whose body was found near Angkor Wat. At the time he claimed his name was James An.
Source: Lindsay Murdoch | The Sidney Morning Herald
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