A mother who allegedly bought her wanted son a yacht so that he could flee authorities in Australia has been charged by police.
The 64-year-old Queensland woman was arrested by Australian Federal Police in Mackay on Sunday and now faces up to 15 years behind bars.
The woman is accused of lying in court, telling the Supreme Court in 2016 that she had not contacted her son for several weeks and was of the view that he had taken his own life.
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However, police will allege that she helped her son escape authorities by purchasing and preparing a yacht for him to flee on while he was out on bail in 2015.
The woman’s son was wanted for his alleged role in importing more than 71 kilograms of cocaine into Australia in 2011 and was arrested in the Philippines in September 2017 following a two-year operation.
Property and cash totalling $395,000 – which was provided to secure his bail – was forfeited to the court following his disappearance.
The woman is due to face court in Mackay today charged with one count of giving false testimony and one count of attempting to pervert justice.
AFP Manager Organised Crime, Acting Commander Peter Bodel said that this arrest was the result of a police investigation that has spanned several years.
“Since the investigation was launched in 2011, members of the Australian Federal Police have spent countless hours bringing these people to justice” he said.
“This arrest in Queensland shows just how relentlessly the AFP will pursue not only those who try to bring drugs into this country but also those individuals who support organised crime.”