Kiwi arrested in Cambodia

  • 25/10/2015
Kiwi arrested in Cambodia

A New Zealand man has been arrested in Cambodia with an Australian fugitive wanted in his homeland.

New Zealander Brett Michael Hastie, 44, and Australian expatriate Guido James Eglitis, 68, were arrested in the city of Siem Reap on Friday (local time) for questioning about the alleged robbery and assault of a 66-year-old British man.

The pair were taken into custody after the alleged victim told Cambodian police he was attacked in his room, and his passport and camera stolen, on September 29.

Eglitis left Australia while due to face trial in Queensland over an alleged kidnap of a businessman in 2007.

There are outstanding charges of kidnapping, deprivation of liberty, robbery, impersonating an officer and possessing restricted items.

Eglitis' appearance before a Cambodian court could trigger his extradition to Australia.

A statement and photograph of Eglitis and Hastie has been posted on Cambodia police's website.

NZN