Clive Mensink’s lawyer has told a court he’s never spoken to the former Queensland Nickel director.A lawyer for former Queensland Nickel director Clive Mensink has told a court he’s never actually spoken to his client, and that Mr Mensink’s uncle, Clive Palmer, was their “conduit”.
The company’s liquidators want Mr Mensink to return from an open-ended overseas trip to face questions about how the nickel business was run before it collapsed in 2016.
In the Federal Court in Brisbane on Thursday, solicitor Sam Iskander was asked if he’d ever spoken to Mr Mensink, who is the subject of an arrest warrant for failing to return home to be grilled in court.
“No,” the solicitor replied.
“My understanding was Mr Palmer was the main conduit of instructions and he had the authority to act on his (Mr Mensink’s) behalf, and so therefore I would follow those instructions accordingly.”
The court was told that Mr Palmer had given Mr Iskander phone numbers to contact his globe-trotting nephew. but the solicitor had never made direct contact with him.
In a statement to the media on Thursday, Mr Palmer blasted liquidators for continuing to pursue his nephew.
“They are continuing their public examinations of Clive Mensink’s solicitor Mr Sam Iskander even though every Australian has the right to legal representation,” the businessman and former federal MP said.
“They will for a second time examine Mr Mensink’s son, Ryan, in an attempt to intimidate and seek retribution.”
Ryan Mensink has previously testified his father is unlikely to return to Australia because he “is probably having too much fun” overseas.
Mr Mensink is still paid a salary by Mr Palmer’s flagship company Mineralogy, and receives rental payments for properties in Brisbane’s north and the Gold Coast.
The arrest warrant issued for Mr Mensink, and another for contempt of court, are essentially unenforceable unless he returns to Australia.