After several years of hiding in the Philippines, Yaacov Amsalem, a French-Israeli national, was turned over to Australian authorities – considered a ‘high-value international drug lord and fugitive,’ according to the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
He appeared on Monday in the Brisbane Magistrates Court, represented by Alex Jones of Bosscher Lawyers.
Amsalem was arrested in a bar in Makati Philippines in 2014 having successfully evaded police for many years. Identified by Australian authorities and declared an international fugitive by Interpol, Amsalem was hiding with former soldiers and bodyguards when the arrest was made.
Australian Police tipped off the Philippines NBI which led to the arrest and subsequent extradition to Queensland.
Amsalem will quarantine in Brisbane before an application will be made by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to extradite him to New South Wales to face charges of conspiracy to import drugs, conspiracy to traffic drugs and conspiracy to deal with monies.